Forced-unionization laws are a gold mine for public unions across America. In 2010, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees reported income of $211,806,537; the National Education Association raised $397,953,771; the Service Employees International Union got $318,755,793 from members.
By making unionization optional, Walker has threatened this money machine; for that reason, tens of millions of those very dollars from across the country will be spent trying to defeat him on June 5.
A Walker loss would place a neon sign on the desk of any elected official looking to balance a budget by reining in union power. But AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, while still vowing to “take out” Walker, recently said the recall effort had already intimidated lawmakers around the country. After what Walker’s been put through, Trumka argued, no “sane” or “rational” elected official would take on bargaining rights.