It's difficult to believe but, yes, yet another of Wisconsin's largest teachers' unions — and this time, one of its largest — has been decertified.
All of this is the result of the overhaul of public sector unions Governor Scott Walker began two years ago after Act 10 was passed and he signed it into law.
Remember all of the union protesters desecrating the state capitol and the Democrat representatives fleeing for cover to Illinois so they wouldn't have to cast their votes for or against Act 10? Act 10 included a provision requiring unions to be supported by 51% of all potential members in annual elections or be decertified to represent them in contract negotiations with the State.
According to FoxNews, union elections in 2011 and 2012 resulted in 32 unions and their affiliates (~13%) being decertified. Decertified unions can still operate, but getting re-certified costs money that's raised, of course, from dues levied on fewer union members.
And in yet another blow to public school teachers' unions in Wisconsin this past week, members of the Kenosha Education Association voted to decertify their union.
A labor analyst with the Competitive Enterprise institute, Matt Patterson, notes:
The news today proves what unions have long feared -- that when workers are actually given a free and fair choice, they will often choose opt out of union membership altogether. The public at large — and an increasing number of union members — have become wise to the fact labor unions stifle innovation and burden governments and businesses with unsustainable costs and regulations.
Lawyers representing the unions are challenging the decertifications and Act 10 itself in court. Until the courts decide pro or con, no one should ever doubt the power of the union bosses — who put their incomes and self-interests ahead of the common good — to convince the judges hearing the cases that it's in their best self-interest to side with the unions...if you know what The Motley Monk means.
Let the discussion begin...
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