Esme’s Blog: A Gift For Unions?

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

For years union membership has been on the decline. In the mid 1940s 36 percent of American workers were union members. In 2007 the figure was just over 12 percent.

Now comes the battle in Wisconsin. With Gov. Scott Walker signing a bill that strips state workers of most of their collective bargaining rights union power appears to have hit a low point. But tucked into the analysis of this nationally watched news story is speculation that the chaos in Wisconsin may be a gift for both unions and democrats.

Consider this passage from a New York Times article today:

“From a policy perspective, this is terrible,” said Mike Tate, the leader of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

“But from a political perspective, he could not have handed us a bigger gift,” Mr. Tate said of the governor.

In the last 24 hours, he added, the state party had received $360,000 in contributions and volunteers have streamed into offices where signatures were being collected for recall bids.

Wisconsin voters sent a clear message in the last election that they wanted change. With a Republican Governor and a Republican legislature voters are getting that change. The question whether this type of change is what the voters really want will ultimately be settled 20 months from now when voters go the polls in November 2012.

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  1. Trudy says:

    I’m an AFSCME union member in MN and I’d like the union to go away. I’m sick and tired of the hate emails they kept sending us through the state email system when Gov. Pawlenty was in office. I’ve lost all respect for them.

  2. Charles De Gall says:

    I’d like for the AFSCME union to go away as well. They collect dues which are used to support (Democratic) candidates who implement tax increases to pay for the union contracts at the taxpayers expense.

  3. Alice Solheim says:

    I believe a line has been drawn in the sand, and now lets see who crosses it.

  4. Bart Johnston says:

    If the citizens of Wisconsin wake up…this will not help the democratic party.

  5. Tj says:

    The ironic thing is that liberals (Democrats) always talk about being the party of progressives and having new ideas while the Republicans (so they say) bring the same ideas to the table all the time. Maybe these people want to expllore what unions are and what they do today and perhaps then they will see how these unions have outlived their usefulness.

  6. online flower delivery Singapore says:

    Change is really required. The question whether this type of change is what the voters really want will ultimately be settled 20 months from now when voters go the polls in November 2012.

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