Being forced to join a union as a condition of employment is wrong. But forced union dues is the bread and butter of public sector union leaders. For proof that workers value their freedom to choose look no further than Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker has given public sector workers the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union. 100,000 government workers have chosen freedom from unions. Keeping your hard earned money for your family rather than some union heads you’ve never met is a no brainer. Read more here:
Less than 3 years after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his collective bargaining reforms (Act 10), more than 100,000 union members have left Big Labor. The Left has fought these reforms at every step, but when workers are given the choice, they have overwhelmingly voted to leave government unions. Wisconsin’s reforms prove that public sector union representation is becoming an antiquated idea. Other states should follow Wisconsin’s example and provide government workers with the freedom to vote on union representation.
On Thursday, more than 70 local unions failed their re-certification votes withover 5,500 employees walking out on their unions as a result. Thursday was the deadline for many public sector unions to vote for the first time whether they would have union representation. Part of Act 10 was the requirement that government unions annually hold a re-certification vote. Many labor unions pre-empted their reforms through ramming through contract extensions for various lengths of time. Consequently, Thursday marked the end of the first voting period for many unions across the state.