Thursday, February 12, 2015

(More!) Schadenfreude Directed at Unions!

Related update: More schadenfreude, this time coming courtesy of Illinois's recently elected Republican governor, Bruce Rauner.  In a move mimicking the tremendous efforts of Wisconsin governor -- and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful (he'll have my vote!) -- Scott Walker, Rauner has taken on the state's laws allowing unions to take dues from members for political activities even if the member is opposed to such use.  From a recent speech, here's Rauner throwing down the gauntlet:
"An employee who is forced to pay unfair share dues is being forced to fund political activity with which they disagree. That is a clear violation of First Amendment rights — and something that, as governor, I am duty bound to correct."
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Original post 1/27/15: Ah yes, taking pleasure in other people's misery -- schadenfreude.  For me, a big source of it comes from the hard times unions in our country are experiencing.  In this post, I highlight two recent items in this vein.  The first is an article at The Daily Signal discussing recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing union membership in the US is at a 100-year low!
New information from the federal government suggests workers’ interest in unions continues to fall, with union membership reaching its lowest rate in 100 years.According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, the union membership rate fell to 11.1 percent, with just 14.6 million wage and salaried workers maintaining membership.
In 2013, the union membership rate was 0.2 percentage points higher, at 11.3 percent.The rate of union membership has been on a steady decline over the past three decades. It grew slightly from 12.1 percent in 2007 to 12.4 percent in 2008. During President Obama’s first year in office, however, it fell once more.
In the second article,'s Robbie Soave reports that major Democratic politicians, such as Andrew Cuomo, have started barking back at teachers unions all across the country.  After highlighting a recent Cuomo rant directed at the NYC teachers union, Soave says this:
The fact that this fiery anti-union tirade passed the lips of a blue state Democrat tells you everything you need to know about just how thoroughly teaches union have alienated many of their natural political allies. And this isn't merely some quirk of New York politics, as the same thing has happened on a local scale in numerous cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Democratic politicians everywhere are more willing to take on teachers unions than ever before.