Read the following. It’s like cool water on a burn. It’s some really great news, but it’s even better than you may think and I’ll tell you why.
Demise: Wisconsin’s third-largest school district says no thanks to union representation
POSTED AT 10:01 PM ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 BY MARY KATHARINE HAM
Today, teachers in Kenosha, Wis., voted to decertify their union, the Kenosha Education Association, by a margin of nearly two to one. Only 37 percent of the teachers opted to retain the union in an election made possible by the labor reforms enacted under Gov. Scott Walker (R). The result goes to show that when workers have a choice on whether to join a union instead of being forced into one by law, they often choose to vote down the union.
The Kenosha Education Association is the biggest one in the state to lose certification in the era of Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10:
Under Act 10, public employee unions must be recertified every year by an affirmative vote of at least 50 percent of the employees. The Kenosha vote means the union is not legally authorized to represent Kenosha teachers on any matter, including bargaining for wages.
Teachers can still voluntarily make contributions to the decertified union and it can represent individual teachers if they wish. The union, however, no longer has any official status in Kenosha schools. It is the largest teachers union in Wisconsin to go under since Act 10 became law.
Christina Brey, speaking for the Wisconsin Education Association Council, downplayed recertification, calling it just another hoop for local unions to jump through.
“It seems like the majority of our affiliates in the state aren’t seeking re-certification, so I don’t think the KEA is an outlier or unique in this,” she said.
Brey said the union still exists with or without the recertification vote.
“They just can’t negotiate over a small portion of what they want a voice in,” she said.
But the law, and the choice it offers public employees, have been taking a toll on public unions since it passed. The Journal-Sentinel reported in July:
In the two years since Walker’s plan became law, tens of thousands of teachers and state and local workers have dropped out of their unions, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis of little-used federal financial records.
No labor group has been hit harder than the one representing Milwaukee city and county workers.
In 2010 — the year that Walker was elected governor — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48 was thriving, having enrolled more than 9,000 workers and reporting income exceeding $7 million.
By the end of 2012, District Council 48 was down to just under 3,500 dues-paying members — a loss of nearly two-thirds of its represented workers.
Other public employee unions are faring only marginally better. Most have lost between 30% and 60% of their members in the past two years.
Walker did what he said he’d do, he implemented policies that worked, he benefited from the fact that liberals’ hysterical predictions of sky-falling never came close to being true, and in the end, he may have permanently changed the political calculus in his state. It’s been fun to watch him work.
[Democrats] understood two things from the beginning: The reforms would work and they would thin the ranks of public sector unions. That is precisely what happened. Public sector employees, given a choice about union membership, are opting out.
Walker turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a $154 million surplus. Unemployment is down. So are property taxes. Businesses, even with uncertainty about the U.S. economy, are optimistic about the direction of the state. Even with the political divisions, it’s hard to imagine a more successful 16 months as governor.
Results matter. And that, more than anything else, explains why Scott Walker won.
Its all for the children you see, it always was. Everything teacher’s unions ever do is for the children. What a bunch of crap! Although I’m sure all teacher’s unions are the same, nationwide, you’d have to live in Wisconsin to fully appreciate this.
After governor Walker was elected in the fall of 2010, we immediately saw beginnings of a recall effort being launched by the teachers union members and their leftists buddies. They protested in Madison for over a year, threatening our legislators, vandalizing and littering in our Capitol building and its grounds. Every night we had to witness these clowns on the news yelling, screaming, singing stupid songs, and banging on drums.
They were and are, so stupid. When you want to try to convince someone else to agree with your point of view, do you scream, litter, sing, and bang on a piece of shit drum? No. You present a clear, concise, factual, logical argument. The teachers union and their leftist buddies didn’t have anything like that, so they had to resort to the drums and use their old stand-by line “it’s for the children”.
Well, the people of Wisconsin weren’t buying it anymore. The teachers union and their pals, lost at almost every turn. The legislation went through (although it has been constantly struck down by liberal Madison judges, delaying its enactment until it is upheld by the state supreme court), enough state senators survived their recalls in order for Walker and the Republicans to continue with their agenda, and Walker easily survived his recall election.
True satisfaction comes from having time go by, and things play out to prove you were right and your opponents were wrong. None of the disasters that the leftists predicted would happen as a result of act 10, came to pass. and virtually all of the good things that Walker said would happen, did. The state and school districts have saved millions.
But the best part, at least from a gloating. “I told ya so” point of view, is the members of the teachers union admitting they were wrong, Now they’re too much of a bunch of shameful cowards to ever say it, but their actions speak much louder than any words ever could. Except as a device to extort money from the people from the state of Wisconsin,the union is totally worthless to them, everything they said in the past was a bunch of bullshit, and there is no way they are going to pay union dues to an organization that can no longer reduce their workload and increase their pay. Why don’t they just come out and say it? All the rest of us knew it all along anyway. Just tell us, “We did it for the children”.