Teachers in Wisconsin make more than double the Wisconsin per capita income -- plus benefits!
"Ending dues deductions breaks the political cycle in which government collects dues, gives them to the unions, who then use the dues to back their favorite candidates and also lobby for bigger government and more pay and benefits," Mr. Siegel told me. After New York City's Transport Workers Union lost the right to automatic dues collection in 2007 following an illegal strike, its income fell by more than 35% as many members stopped ponying up. New York City ended the dues collection ban after 18 months.
Myron Lieberman, a former Minnesota public school teacher who became a contract negotiator for the American Federation of Teachers, says that since the 1960s collective bargaining has so "greatly increased the political influence of unions" that they block the sorts of necessary change that other elements of society have had to accept.
Tea Party Patriots rally today to support Gov. Scott Walker.
Madison showdown as Lord of the Rings.
Finally, as the big issue here is "collective bargaining," please read Shane Atwell's excellent backgrounder on why "collective bargaining" is extortion.