The latest poke comes from the sensible folks in Iowa, whose legislature has passed a bill modeled along the lines of Wisconsin's five year-old collective bargaining law. Iowa's governor has indicated support for the measure.
Since the collective bargaining law went into effect in Wisconsin, membership for both public and private unions in the state has dropped 40 percent.
So 60% still choose to be union members, but the main consideration here is that they have a choice in the matter rather than being forced to join a union. That's a great thing.
Labor organizers say the legislation, introduced publicly just over a week ago, effectively guts public sector unions in the state.
And that's a good thing as well; judging from what public employee unions have done to finances on the Left Coast. Unsurprisingly, Democratics and their partners in the public employee unions claim that "the GOP is trying to bust unions". That's always their line; I recall well when Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers after they engaged in an illegal walkout, and the unions were handing out big buttons that declared "Ronald Reagan is a union-busting son of a bitch!"
No, he was defending public safety against the unlawful actions of a public employee union. And in Wisconsin and Iowa, they're simply attempting to enforce fiscal responsibility where little has been exercised, as well as to afford public employees a choice as to whether or not they wish to be union members.