AND YET NOBODY LEARNS: Walker’s Pro-Worker Law Has Crippled Labor Movement That Opposed Him.The laws that Scott Walker signed in Wisconsin weren't anti-labor, they were pro-worker. It speaks volumes about the labor movement that those two are not synonymous.
Walker had vowed that union power would shrink, workers would be judged on their merits, and local governments would save money. Unions had warned that workers would lose benefits and be forced to take on second jobs or find new careers.Funny that you can “cripple” supposedly representative organizations just by requiring that they raise their money from people willing to be represented.
Many of those changes came to pass, but the once-thriving public-sector unions were not just shrunken — they were crippled.
Unions representing teachers, professors, trash collectors and other government employees are struggling to stem plummeting membership rolls and retain relevance in the state where they got their start.
If labor unions offered something of value, people would want to be members. If labor unions were responsible to their members, they wouldn't be bought-and-paid-for arms of the Democratic extreme. If labor union membership were voluntary, as it is in the 2-dozen right-to-work states, then labor unions would both offer something of value and be responsible to their members.
I choose to be a member of the Association of American Educators. It's not a union, it's a professional organization--and one that provides me with, among other things, better liability insurance than the CTA would if I were a member of CTA, and the policy is in my own name (as opposed to CTA's). AAE provides me something of value so I voluntarily give them my money. There's an object lesson there for those whose minds are open enough to see it.