Unions battle for survival in key strongholds as court cases challenge forced dues

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So Illinois has had about enough of the Public Employee Unions as well. It’s about time. Illinois has granted them pensions which cannot ever be funded, Illinois simply can’t raise the money. This is what always happens when a union ‘negotiates’ with a body that is not spending its own money. Even FDR, no friend of business, thought it a terrible idea. From Fox News.

[…] In the Midwest, where auto workers, Teamsters and other unions have had a stronghold for years, the right-to-work plan has been met with massive protests and multiple court battles — yet right-to-work laws have passed in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Now that battle lines are being draw in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln state may become the last stand in America’s heartland for the unions. Without a policy of mandatory dues, unions anywhere stand to lose revenue and members.

“In half the other states in the U.S., government workers have a right to choose whether they will give money to a union. In Illinois, government workers don’t have the right to make that choice,” said Jacob Huebert, an attorney for the Liberty Justice Center, which is representing plaintiffs in the Illinois lawsuit. […]

Unions battle for survival in key strongholds as court cases challenge forced dues | Fox News.

Even the business of Big Labor and Big Business was pernicious to the working man (or woman). I watched as that combination killed American steel and nearly killed (and may yet) the American automotive industry.

And besides, it seems to me that if they were providing benefits on a par with their dues (or fees), their members would be glad to support them without the aid of government guns. But I think we all know that union leadership is much more worried about the union and their perks and overblown paychecks than they are the welfare of their members.

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16 Responses to Unions battle for survival in key strongholds as court cases challenge forced dues

  1. the unit says:

    I’m afeared I’m a big bit of a hypocrite myself. Went to work for the State of Florida in ’77. No one then was declaring it was part of socialism, just some healthcare for kids. It was then and now still is. Finally, well now not final yet, being older and retired got mailings last year from retired state employees union how state might cut retirement benefits. For first time joined it. Sorry, nothing to fear but fear itself is fearful. I’m sure just ignore this old man’s opinions from now on, and I think I definitely should shut up.
    But then today I learned I still middle aged, got a year to go to be old aged, so probably will say more and try to make amends. 🙂
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11539573/Middle-age-now-lasts-until-74-as-baby-boomers-refuse-to-grow-old.html

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    • NEO says:

      Well, we all had to do something if we wanted to retire. Illinois just went nuts, they’ve billions and billions of $ unfunded. Mostly because the unions were in bed with the dems.

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah was concerned as the techies saying first person to live to be a thousand years old is already born. Know it won’t be me but signed up years ago that my wife gets my retirement after I go. Took reduced retirement benefits then. Looking out for her. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          This for fun. Folks announcing their 10,000 comment on a blog at some sites.
          I got this many days…and more after midnight. 🙂
          https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=how+many+years+is+26602.7+days

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        • NEO says:

          That would indeed take a while! I haven’t hit a thousand yet here, myself. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Almost forgot. Gone to bed, but remembered immediately then. Got up and rebooted. Happy Birthday NEO!

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Unit, you’re the best. At least I made it to Social Security! 😐

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      • the unit says:

        Well, if I remember correctly you’ve made it to the early acceptance of S.S. Yep that is a mile marker. Check out all options though and based on your situation. Fellow worker lady friend took benefits at 62 as had colon cancer 10 years ago, no insurance, emergency room diagnosis, and surgery, never paid a cent. And no check up since. Decided to take benefits while the gettens was good. Individual situation may vary.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, exactly, and that’s why I’m a bit distracted lately, I’ve about decided to take it at 62. it’s a milestone, although not a very pleasant one, since a lot of it is driven by the economy and regulatory environment, feels sort of like giving up. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Nah, you’re still in the race. After you decide follow Satchel Paige’s advice…”Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” And keep pitching…”My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat.
          Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/satchel_paige.html#TvWfPYA1eik2W5bo.99

          🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Gotta love old Satchel, don’t ya! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yep ! And another Satchel for these time of toil and trouble and shooting and division…”If a man can beat you, walk him.” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Or as yogi berra said, “Deja vu all over again”.

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      • the unit says:

        Got it…again. 🙂 We gotta do right or else.

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  4. the unit says:

    I strayed a bit off topic to get here. Somehow it “walked” here somehow. I got topic maybe you could expound upon. Wont go more off thread though here. Read a interesting comment yesterday about something that caught my interest, may interest you. Would email if you feel like responding… coopline@mchsi.com. No problem if not.

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