Public-sector unions still don't get it

This analysis in Governing states and localities ezen makes an interesting point: Instead of continuing to pour money into the Democratic party, unions should be concentrating a greater effort on organizing. It notes a dramatic drop in union membership in the private sector, something the author believes is a bad sign because we need unions.

He notes that this comes as the  American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is facing an internal split on its future direction after the embarrassing loss in Wisconsin and two referenda in California that trimmed back public sector employee benefits. The debate comes as long-time president Gerald McEntee is retiring.

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