In the past week alone, SEIU 503 has lost another 100 members from its already dwindling ranks among Oregon state employees.
It’s bad enough that unions across the nation create restrictive opt-out policies to lock their membership into paying dues as long as possible. But it’s even worse when the unions themselves don’t follow their own rules.
The Washington Education Association (WEA) has been militant about how the state should conduct its financial business. Likewise, WEA aggressively hijacked school district budgeting priorities.
A bill that could fairly be characterized as a union wish-list had its second hearing on April 18 in the Oregon State Legislature, this time in the Senate Committee on Workforce.
In many cases, the union “initiation fee” is a kind of a racket. I regularly hear from people who take jobs at grocery stores or other short-term, part-time, minimum wage jobs. When they discover they have to pay a steep initiation fee first, they quickly realize they’re actually working for less than minimum wage.
The government union movement is becoming less about workplace issues like schedules and wages and becoming about using government power to accomplish militant societal change—the kind of change that’s failed everywhere it’s been tried.
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.
More than 30,000 teachers have walked out of classrooms and are striking for the first time in three decades, disrupting the education of more than half a million K-12 students and the lives of their families.