Aug 23 2011

Wisconsin Unions Can’t Support Themselves

Published by at 7:51 am under All General Discussions

[H/T to Ann Althouse for Picture]

It turns out one of the strangest and clearly useless ‘unions’ I have ever heard of is now defunct – thanks Governor Scott Walker and the GOP legislature. It turns out that in Wisconsin, a program to help financially struggling but promising students become Teaching Assistants was co-opted by a union that used to feed off the meager pay of TAs. Now that this union has to be voted annually into existence AND has to go get its own damn dues it is folding its tent in Wisconsin:

Last week, after hours of debate, the union’s members voted not to seek state certification to continue to act as a collective bargaining agent.

Union leaders said that they couldn’t function well if they had to effectively be in a perpetual organizing drive for the annual union votes, and also if they had to pay annual fees to be certified.

The union faces challenges as it adjusts to the limits imposed by the state law. Under the old contract, union dues were automatically deducted from the paychecks of the 2,700-2,800 graduate teaching assistants at Madison. Now the Teaching Assistants’ Association must seek dues from members by itself.

Let me be clear here. When a government employee union is ‘negotiating’ legislation to increase benefits it is LOBBYING! And when they receive mandatory dues from the government they are being PAID TO LOBBY by the government.

TAs will be better off now as teachers and their TAs work out arrangements between the two that is beneficial to both. But what Wisconsin is doing is an important example for the entire country. Ever since the union stranglehold on government was broken, schools went from bankrupt to flush with funds, which means they can spend more on teaching. The monopoly on health benefits were broken, reducing costs across the board. And now teachers and their assistants can collaborate without some nosy union rep butting in and taking money from the TA.

This is why the left is furious, because now they have to actually compete for ideas and customers and money. Something they are not good at.

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5 Responses to “Wisconsin Unions Can’t Support Themselves”

  1. lurker9876 says:

    Another good post would be about Warren Buffett versus the Koch Brother and some Harold Golub guy on taxes.

    I read this morning that the Republicans in the Super Committee may capitulate on tax hikes to protect the defense funds. But they’re hoping that one Democrat may cross over to their side.

    Then I’m reading that the next fight is the FY2012 budget…more CRs. I suppose that the CRs will ensure that missing defense budget cut by the Super Committee? And reversed in 2013?

  2. DJStrata says:

    I can’t wait for this to hit other states. We will get the bad teachers out of schools and the great teachers will be able to be paid based on how well they do their job.

  3. marksbbr says:

    I was a TA last school year myself. Here in Ohio, we had no union, and I’m glad. I received a meager monthly stipend coupled with free tuition- what more could ANY grad student want?! A TA union is just a useless entity that would only suck a grad student of what stipend they had, like a vampire.

    Sadly, however, it looks like the unions here in OH have a good chance at repealing our own legislation here when it’s voted on in November.

  4. ivehadit says:

    From Rasmussen: “Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) at least somewhat disapprove. The president wins approval from 78% of Democrats and 44% of those not affiliated with either major party. Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans disapprove.”

    How can anyone explain the 44% approval from Independents?!! What planet are they living on?!! Beyond me…

  5. Wilbur Post says:

    The left hates having to compete for support becuase their product is terrible, a loser. It’s something that no one chooses but can only be imposed by force. Their “ideas” suck.