Friday, October 25, 2013

(Related Update): Guess what happens when teachers unions can't force teachers to be members?

Related Update:  Nine teachers in Michigan are being subject to typical petty, obstructionist union behavior in their efforts to take advantage of Michigan's new right-to-work laws.  So they've decided to sue, and good on them!  From an article in the Washington Examiner a couple of days ago [ht:instapundit.com]:
Michigan teachers are discovering that their union is determined to make it as hard as possible for them to take advantage of the state's new right-to-work law, which prohibits workers from being forced to pay dues to a union. Nine teachers sued the Michigan Education Association in the last week alleging unfair labor practices....
Big Labor hates right-to-work laws because they typically mean fewer members and therefore less dues revenue. Union leaders complain that they cause what economists call a "free rider" problem, since workers still get the benefits of union contract negotiations. Nothing prevents unions from negotiating "members-only" contracts though. They'd just rather have the additional dues coming in.
Read the entire article, here.

Original Post:  They lose certification, and in liberal Wisconsin no less! Just a few days ago, the Kensoha Education Association overwhelmingly voted to decertify their union, a dramatic blow to unions across the country and another resounding victory for Republican Governor Scott Walker!  The key political mechanism in this issue is Act 10, enacted under Walker's leadership:
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.
As the story at Hotair.com notes, only 37% of the teachers voted to recertify their union!  And as Brian Fraley over at Right Wisconsin comments,
Now that Wisconsin's educators have been given the right to choose whether or not to belong to a labor union, the unions are struggling to attract enough members to stay afloat. Proving all along that the union leaders didn't really represent their members, as much as sponge off of them.  [Emphasis Marc Street]
This is a wonderful development for the forces of liberty, individual rights, and economic freedom! Kudos to all those Kenosha teachers that said "no" to union membership and may their efforts inspire much more of this type of freedom promoting action!