Are Unions Fighting for the Right to Organize or the Right to Coerce?
10:47 AM, Mar 3, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
This story got a bit lost in the shuffle yesterday, but unions just suffered a big blow in Michigan. Now that the state is controlled by a Republican governor, they just put a stop to one of the most egregious examples of union overreach in the country.
Last year, I wrote about the scheme cooked up by two of America's biggest unions, along with a state government agency, to organize the Michigan's daycare providers. This was done despite the fact there was no significant interest at all in organizing among the daycare providers:
So a union election was held by mail, and it's fair to say that the vast majority of daycare providers in the state were unaware it was even happening. Based on the mandate from a very small minority of the 40,000 daycare providers that bothered to mail in their ballot, unions started collecting dues -- but not directly from the business owners.
No, they took $3.7 million in union dues was taken directly out of taxpayer subsidies meant to help needy familes pay for child care.
When unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere talk about the "right to organize," you should remember that they have a very expansive definition of that phrase. And it often includes the right to coerce people into stuffing union coffers against their will.