- public employees now could opt out of union membership (and the corresponding requirement to pay dues);
- unions are required to sponsor "recertification drives" each year to gauge the support of its members in their workplaces; and,
- public sector employers cannot automatically collect union dues on behalf of unions.
According to FoxNews.com, the past 3 years has exhibited a dramatic change resulting from allowing union members to be pro-choice.
Public school teachers' unions, in particular, have been hard hit:
- In June 2011, the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) had ~100k teacher members. In 2014, membership is 33% less.
- The American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin has shed 50% of its membership. The union's peak membership was 16k. Today, it's ~8k.
Many of those teachers who have left their unions joined non-union trade groups, including the Association of American Educators. Why did they leave?
- Teacher Amy Rosno said, "As soon as I was given the choice, I left." Following her first WEAC meeting as a representative, Rosno said, "I realized that it was all political and not about teaching."
- Many teachers expressed concern that dues were being directed to political causes. A special education teacher, Michelle Uetz, said, "We shouldn't be pigeon-holed into contributing to politics we don't believe in."
Now, that's real hope and change, a pro-choice program The Motley Monk supports 1000%! Kudos to Governor Scott Walter!
Let the discussion begin...
To read the FoxNews.com report, click on the following link:
"Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law."