West Virginia AFL-CIO officials, furious about a new law stopping unions from collecting mandatory fees, announced last week their plan to fight back with a lawsuit.One of the biggest lies that unions tell is that they're required to represent all workers, even non-members. It's unions themselves that seek sole representation so that they can then seek to compel non-members to pay.
Earlier this year West Virginia became the 26th state to enact right-to-work, which permits West Virginians in unionized workplaces to opt out of union membership without being required to pay union “fair share” fees.
The West Virginia AFL-CIO intends to argue in court that ending fair share fees violates the state constitution by forcing unions to represent workers who do not pay — a situation resulting from union-negotiated contracts giving unions exclusive representation rights.
Unions have used the same argument against right-to-work laws in Indiana and Wisconsin. The Indiana Supreme Court overruled a lower court decision against right-to-work in 2014.
So, they clearly don't provide a service people want or they wouldn't need the compulsion. And they lie about it. These are not the kind of people anyone should want to associate with.
Update: On the teachers union front, click here to find out what's been going on in Wisconsin since Governor Walker reined in public employee unions:
Merit pay replaced the industrial style step-and-ladder method in which teachers were paid by years on the job and how many – frequently useless – “professional development classes” they took. Using a variety of student achievement metrics, successful teachers across the state were rewarded. Not all districts do it the exact same way, but all center on teacher effectiveness and not the ridiculous union mandated “objective” pay scale. The result has been a big savings for school districts, which they then pass on to their good teachers. What a concept...
One other bonus included in the report: Wisconsin taxpayers have saved $5.24 billion as a result of Act 10.