Today a group of unions filed suit in Dane County court claiming the recently passed Right to Work law, which prevents workers from being forced to join a union, is an unconstitutional “taking of property.” We think they have it backwards.
Meanwhile, we were surprised by the otherwise bland response of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Nobody would mistake their words for compliments to Governor Walker, but realistically, the union bosses’ reaction to the bill-signing was the kind of thing they could type up in their sleep. It bespeaks resignation.
Wisconsin Citizen Action, which might learn something by paying closer attention to the AFL-CIO, is still down for the struggle. On a web page still featuring pictures of protest demonstrations that happened four years ago, Citizen Action rants that Walker chose to sign the legislation at a company that—gasp!—has outsourced jobs!
Evidently Citizen Action hasn’t figured out the symbolism thing: Maybe with voluntary instead of mandatory union membership, some outsourced jobs can be sourced back in?
More sophisticated reaction came from the East Coast. Safely ensconced in Boston, the Christian Science Monitor used Wisconsin’s law as an excuse to mount the Left’s newest hobbyhorse, income inequality, a non-starter except for those hoping income somebody else earned will be transferred to them. Income is equally zero for people who can’t get a job when forced unionization makes it more appealing to hire in a different state or country.
But the more pertinent point is the obvious rhetorical exhaustion of the Left. Compulsory union membership drives away young people the Left imagined it had locked up. Insist too strongly on this issue, and the next generation of Democrat voters heads for the exits.