I should change the motto of this blog; “Our Rumors Are Better Than Most Organizations’ News”.
The Wall Street Journal announced that Wisconsin AFSCME membership has dropped.
Well, no. It plummeted.
Well, no. It went into a flame-belching, smoking death spiral.
Yeah. That’s what I”m looking for.
Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees—the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers—fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.
Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.
This was, of course, reported in this space two weeks ago today:
Scuttlebutt from a trusted source who works inside AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 states that there are interesting developments in the Wisconsin AFSCME. Ever since passage and signing of the “right-to-work” laws in our neighboring state to the east, about 80% of those AFSCME members have “opted-out” of paying union dues.
My source’s anecdote got the percentage wrong, but the magnitude of the catastrophic ennui facing Wisconsin’s unions was dead-nut on.
Certain members of the leftyblog clucking class tried to call BS on the anecdote, claiming “FACT CHECK”.
Their spurious claim of “BS” is returned with two weeks’ interest, um, piled on top.
Endzone happy dance aside? I don’t get everything right. Not every tip I get pans out. But there is more actual bankable fact in this blog in a week than in every leftyblog in Minnesota all year.