Wisconsin’s formerly-forced union members continue to organize with their feet.

Amazing what applying free market principles to labor organizing can do, huh?

According a Labor Department filing made last week, membership at Wisconsin’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 40 — one of AFSCME’s four branches in the state — has gone from the 31,730 it reported in 2011, to 29,777 in 2012, to just 20,488 now. That’s a drop of more than 11,000 — about a third — in just two years. The council represents city and county employees outside of Milwaukee County and child care workers across Wisconsin.

Labor Department filings also show that Wisconsin’s AFSCME Council 48, which represents city and county workers in Milwaukee County, went from 9,043 members in 2011, to 6,046 in 2012, to just 3,498 now.

Note that these folks apparently aren’t actually going to a new union; they seem to much prefer having no union at all.  Which we already knew – and, more importantly: so did the public sector unions.  Which is why AFSCME, and others of its ilk, fought labor union reform in Wisconsin for the last two years.

And failed, of course.

Moe Lane



3 thoughts on “Wisconsin’s formerly-forced union members continue to organize with their feet.”

  1. Let unions survive or fall on their merit.
    Just like businesses, their model is not “too big to fail”.

    1. The problem for unions is their customers would rather spend their money elsewhere and unlike insurance companies, the customers really don’t need them.

    2. The reason they still exist is that union is a an Old English word meaning “funders of the Democratic Party”.

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