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Public Employees Freed by Wisconsin's New Law

Recorded on June 7, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived a red-hot recall election mounted by public employee unions.


The message is that states need not be held hostage by hawkish labor unions that demand pay and benefit packages far higher than in the private sector.


But this vote was also about personal liberty.  The law pushed by Gov. Walker—and adopted--also freed state workers from being compelled to pay union dues—typically hundreds of dollars a year—as a condition of working for the state.


Months before the election, state employees begin deciding to keep their own money rather than support the union.  Almost 40,000 public employees have dropped out of Wisconsin's labor unions—more than half of their members.


When labor unions become bloated and militant, it's not only the public that gets hurt.  Wisconsin's public workers saw that they, too, were being made victims of the union bosses.


From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.