There is some very good news from Wisconsin. Republican Governor Scott Walker is winning his war with the state’s public employee unions.
When Walker stepped into the political ring to battle his state’s powerful government workers’ unions, no one gave him much chance of surviving, let alone winning. Walker’s efforts have been startling. He has succeeded beyond what anyone could have foreseen.
Wisconsin’s American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Council 40, has seen its members steadily jump over its plantation walls since Walker, backed by a thin but courageous Republican majority in the state’s legislature, voted to give workers the right to opt out of union membership.
When the law took effect, 31,730 union members were imprisoned in AFSCME’s clutches. They were being extorted for dues, which kept union thugs in a comfortable life style. At first, the newly freed slaves were a bit hesitant to run away even with the gates wide open; so only about 2,000 opted out.
Those was the “good old days” for the union because at the end of last year, its rolls had fallen to just 20,488. Since the first day of Walker’s law, 11,242 union victims have chosen to stop paying their extortionists.
Happily, this is nowhere near the best news from Wisconsin. A Wall Street Journal study confirmed that AFSCME’s statewide Badger State membership has fallen by an eye popping 34,073 in just two years. More than 46 % of AFSCME’s slaves have run off, taking their union dues with them!
Not surprisingly, Council 40’s expenditures have not been posted since February 2011 when it lost its fight with Walker and its members were freed of their chains. In true Marxist style, Council 40 has not bothered to update its official membership count either and still lists the same 29,777 members it had at the end of 2011.
What else can we expect? With rare exception, unions are run by either the Mafia or devout Marxists. Both lie and hide their true intentions. This union is no different except that it is melting away. They can lie and deny, but they can’t change the truth.