Dramatic drop in union membership among WI public employees

Rick Moran
In advance of Governor Scott Walker's recall election next Tuesday, national public employee unions are nervously awaiting the outcome -- an outcome that might determine the fate of other state unions and public employees nationwide. Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state's second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme's figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment. Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year. A provision of the Walker law that eliminated automatic dues collection hurt union membership. When a public-sector contract expires the state now stops collecting dues from the affected workers' paychecks unless...(Read Full Post)

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