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2013
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Walker’s Wish: Union Revenue Dropping Sharply in WI Since Act 10′s Implementation

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This is not news. But if it were, it would be bad news.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s clear vision for stripping unions of their power has been realized. New union revenue numbers show just how deep the Act 10-inflicted wound is. From The Cap Times:

Total revenue for the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the largest union in the state, dropped from $26 million in 2011 to $20 million in 2012. WEAC, which represents 80,000 teachers across the state, has for years been a great force for the Democratic Party, providing millions of dollars on attack ads against Republicans on top of legions of volunteers.

The next largest public sector union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has also taken a financial hit. AFSCME Council 40, which represents county and municipal workers outside of Milwaukee County, reported its gross revenue dropping from $6.7 million in 2011 to $4.5 million in 2012.

These are nearly 25 percent drops. AFT and SEIU experienced smaller though damaging drops as well. Cap Times states the obvious in prescribing a solution:

Realistically, if unions wish to return to the level of influence seen in pre-Act 10 days, they will have to help Democrats win back the governor’s mansion and control of the Legislature. But even if Democrats perform above expectations and win the governor’s race and take back the state Senate in 2014, it will be virtually impossible for them to win back the state Assembly, where the GOP currently holds an overwhelming 57-39 majority.

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