Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wisconsin Government Union Membership Plummets

Look for the Union Label

Where’s the door? Wisconsin’s government union members have been heading for the exits since Governor Scott Walker and republicans have dialed back labor rules to reflect federal government employee rules.

People certainly have a way of changing loyalties when unions don’t have government factotums collecting their dues for them. Some Oregon republicans have tried to make a similar move in the past. They should try it again.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story last night in advance of the Walker recall election next week.

Money quote:

A provision of the Walker law that eliminated automatic dues collection hurt union membership. When a public-sector contract expires the state now stops collecting dues from the affected workers’ paychecks unless they say they want the dues taken out, said Peter Davis, general counsel of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.
In many cases, Afscme dropped members from its rolls after it failed to get them to affirm they want dues collected, said a labor official familiar with Afscme’s figures. In a smaller number of cases, membership losses were due to worker layoffs.

And:

Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees—the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers—fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.
Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.

 And:

In the nearly 15 months since Mr. Walker signed the law, 6,000 of the AFT’s Wisconsin 17,000 members quit, the union said. It blamed the drop on the law….The Wisconsin affiliate of the National Education Association declined to comment on any membership change.

What did the law do?

  • Unions no longer can represent members in negotiations for better working conditions.
  • Government ceased automatically deducting union dues unless employee OK’d it.
  • Reduced the issues over which unions can bargain such as health care costs and pay raises beyond the increase in inflation.
  • Public sector unions must now pay a small fee to help defray cost of health care whereas before they paid nothing.
  • Police and firefighters are exempted from new rules.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Wisconsin Government Union Membership Plummets

Look for the Union Label

Where’s the door? Wisconsin’s government union members have been heading for the exits since Governor Scott Walker and republicans have dialed back labor rules to reflect federal government employee rules.

People certainly have a way of changing loyalties when unions don’t have government factotums collecting their dues for them. Some Oregon republicans have tried to make a similar move in the past. They should try it again.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story last night in advance of the Walker recall election next week.

Money quote:

A provision of the Walker law that eliminated automatic dues collection hurt union membership. When a public-sector contract expires the state now stops collecting dues from the affected workers’ paychecks unless they say they want the dues taken out, said Peter Davis, general counsel of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission.
In many cases, Afscme dropped members from its rolls after it failed to get them to affirm they want dues collected, said a labor official familiar with Afscme’s figures. In a smaller number of cases, membership losses were due to worker layoffs.

And:

Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees—the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers—fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.
Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.

 And:

In the nearly 15 months since Mr. Walker signed the law, 6,000 of the AFT’s Wisconsin 17,000 members quit, the union said. It blamed the drop on the law….The Wisconsin affiliate of the National Education Association declined to comment on any membership change.

What did the law do?

  • Unions no longer can represent members in negotiations for better working conditions.
  • Government ceased automatically deducting union dues unless employee OK’d it.
  • Reduced the issues over which unions can bargain such as health care costs and pay raises beyond the increase in inflation.
  • Public sector unions must now pay a small fee to help defray cost of health care whereas before they paid nothing.
  • Police and firefighters are exempted from new rules.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATED: BLOGGER JAILED FOR VIEWS; Liberal Loons "Swat" Conservative Bloggers

A blogger has been jailed and the Conservative blogosphere has been hit three other times by far left loons who have taken to calling the cops to report a shooting committed at the home of conservative bloggers. Of course no shooting has occurred. SWAT teams are sent, chaos and…? ensues. It’s called “swatting” and it nearly ended in the death of one of the bloggers, Patterico, who answered his door with his cell phone in hand and was grateful the cops didn’t mistake it for a gun.

 This happened to bloggers who have reported on the activities of leftist Brett Kimberlin and who have told the story about this convicted bomber and his one man crusade to destroy blogger Aaron Walker. (Listen to my interview with Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan HEREstarting at 12:16.) See Lee’s latest post on yesterday’s judicial shenangans here.

The “Swattings” have happened to Pat Frey of Patterico’s Pontifications, Erick

Erickson of Red State and Robert Stacy McCain of “The Other McCain” blog who has been forced to move because of the harassment.

Here’s the 911 phone call the “swatter” made to bring police to Patterico’s home:

Blogger Aaron Walker, an attorney in Maryland until Kimberlin’s activities resulted in his firing, has blogged about Kimberlin’s past as a convicted felon dubbed The Speedway Bomber and in his new life as a “social justice” activist through music. Kimberlin took out a temporary restraining order on Walker, dubbed a “peace” order, to shut him down. Yesterday Walker went to jail. Patterico has some of the tick tock of the legal activity here.

Kimberlin makes a living working for an arts group connected to the Soros funded Tides Foundation. Teresa Heinz Kerry and Barbra Streisand are among the Liberatti who also donate money to this organization which funds many leftist programs including apparently Kimberlin’s activities.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Portland Housing Values Take Another Dip, Teachers Get Raises

We don’t know the numbers but we know this: Teachers in Reynolds and Centennial Districts got raises and your biggest asset–your home– has lost value. Look at the latest from the Case Schiller index on housing values and how the Portland Metro areas went down further than the rest of the country. Again. Taxpayers and homeowners get slammed again while the government sector workers, who make thousands more per year than typical Oregonians, get another raise.

This is Your Portland Metro Housing Value 5/07-3/12

Find some teachers salaries at the Cascade Policy Institute here (although the data base has year old data)

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATED: BLOGGER JAILED FOR VIEWS; Liberal Loons "Swat" Conservative Bloggers

A blogger has been jailed and the Conservative blogosphere has been hit three other times by far left loons who have taken to calling the cops to report a shooting committed at the home of conservative bloggers. Of course no shooting has occurred. SWAT teams are sent, chaos and…? ensues. It’s called “swatting” and it nearly ended in the death of one of the bloggers, Patterico, who answered his door with his cell phone in hand and was grateful the cops didn’t mistake it for a gun.

 This happened to bloggers who have reported on the activities of leftist Brett Kimberlin and who have told the story about this convicted bomber and his one man crusade to destroy blogger Aaron Walker. (Listen to my interview with Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan HEREstarting at 12:16.) See Lee’s latest post on yesterday’s judicial shenangans here.

The “Swattings” have happened to Pat Frey of Patterico’s Pontifications, Erick

Erickson of Red State and Robert Stacy McCain of “The Other McCain” blog who has been forced to move because of the harassment.

Here’s the 911 phone call the “swatter” made to bring police to Patterico’s home:

Blogger Aaron Walker, an attorney in Maryland until Kimberlin’s activities resulted in his firing, has blogged about Kimberlin’s past as a convicted felon dubbed The Speedway Bomber and in his new life as a “social justice” activist through music. Kimberlin took out a temporary restraining order on Walker, dubbed a “peace” order, to shut him down. Yesterday Walker went to jail. Patterico has some of the tick tock of the legal activity here.

Kimberlin makes a living working for an arts group connected to the Soros funded Tides Foundation. Teresa Heinz Kerry and Barbra Streisand are among the Liberatti who also donate money to this organization which funds many leftist programs including apparently Kimberlin’s activities.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Portland Housing Values Take Another Dip, Teachers Get Raises

We don’t know the numbers but we know this: Teachers in Reynolds and Centennial Districts got raises and your biggest asset–your home– has lost value. Look at the latest from the Case Schiller index on housing values and how the Portland Metro areas went down further than the rest of the country. Again. Taxpayers and homeowners get slammed again while the government sector workers, who make thousands more per year than typical Oregonians, get another raise.

This is Your Portland Metro Housing Value 5/07-3/12

Find some teachers salaries at the Cascade Policy Institute here (although the data base has year old data)

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Community Organnizers: Look for the Union Label

Semir Said was one of the new faces present at the meeting. Said is a community organizer with the nonprofit organization We Are Oregon. According to its website, We Are Oregon was founded by local Service Employees International Union groups 49 and 503, and focuses on issues such as foreclosure, unemployment, food security and wage theft.

http://psuvanguard.com/news/whats-next-for-occupy-psu/