Good times ahead - public-sector labor union enrollment in decline

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Great news for workers but the left are scrambling to deal with it - from FOX News:

Loads of American workers are dropping out of unions – Now liberals have a new plan to save left's cash cow
Government labor unions are losing dues-paying members at an unprecedented rate, which is good news for workers and bad news for liberal coffers. The mass exodus is forcing leaders on the left to address a serious problem: Their decades of financial backing from fat cat union bosses may be coming to an end.

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark right-to-work ruling last June (Janus v. AFSCME) and the Freedom Foundation’s efforts to inform public employees of the court’s decision, more than 40,000 union members on the West Coast have defected during the past six months alone. Now that government workers have a choice to leave their unions, they are fleeing in droves.

The sharp decline in membership probably explains why union leaders have hatched a scheme in Oregon that they hope will become a playbook for the rest of the nation.

What Oregon is proposing:

The measure would replace Oregon’s existing agency fee laws by creating a slush fund from which state and local government would pay the equivalent of each employee’s monthly dues directly to the union.

While Janus stops governments from requiring employees to make payments to unions out of their own pockets, HB-2643 proponents insist it doesn’t prevent state and local governments from supporting unions instead.

Rather than paying a state employee a salary of $50,000, for example, from which $1,000 in agency fees would be deducted, the bill proposes to simply alter the arrangement on paper so that the employee’s revised salary is $49,000, with the state diverting the remaining $1,000 to the union itself.

This underhanded scheme allows unions to keep lining their pockets and writing checks at liberal fundraisers.

Great - make the labor union an arm of the State. Rather than giving the employee a choice, they are screwing them out of their wages and giving the union bosses more political power.

Unions definitely had their place in history and were a major force for good. They grew complacent and failed to adapt and are now simply arms of the Democratic party. A force for political power and not workers rights. They do negotiate wonderful pensions for their rank and file but in most cases, the pension funds are not managed well and are seriously underfunded. Screwing over the workers once again.

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