If they are permitted, that is. As several states have passed laws making union membership voluntary, the NEA has suffered a drop in membership, and consequently precious cashflow. For more, kindly take a look at this excerpt from Big Government…
Over the past year, several states – including Wisconsin, Tennessee and Idaho – have passed legislation freeing teachers from the shackles of compulsory union membership.
Now that membership has become voluntary, a growing number of teachers are choosing to quit the union, which is causing hard times for the nation’s largest teachers union.
A new report finds the National Education Association has revised its membership numbers downward – from 3.2 million to just over 3 million.
According to Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency website, the hemorrhaging of members is contributing to the NEA’s $17 million deficit, which may force union leaders to lay off employees and cut aid to state affiliates.
I have to chuckle, because the unions portray themselves as the champions of the worker, but, when given the option, a large number of their members leave. That does lead to the question, if unions were so great, why do they have to use the force of law to keep people in? Why do they fight Right to Work laws? Don’t those laws give people a choice? And, aren’t the Democrats all about choice? I guess choice is a rather relative term for the Democrats, and their union cronies.
When you think of it, forced union membership is the Berlin Wall of the labor market. To keep people from leaving the ranks, the bosses pay politicians to pass laws, trapping people in the unions-their individual rights be damned.
In more pragmatic considerations, how much of that 17 million dollar deficit was incurred “gooning up” Wisconsin? How much of it was used fighting right to work legislation, or recall elections, or labor reform bills? How much will they have left to give to Obama later this year? I have been saying for some time that it might be advantageous to hit the unions from many angles, and forcing them to expend their resources over a broad front. I would say that it’s a great time, if possible, to pour it on! The more bills they fight, they more resources they have to expend. The more bills that pass, the more workers that are set free from the unions, which hit their resources even more. And, the more their resources are stretched, the less they have to buy elections. It could result in a death sprial for them, resulting in more and more workers being freed from their tyranny, and more jobs for all.
It seems rather encouraging, doesn’t it?