Yesterday’s mail included this littel gem from the Ameriacn Federation of State and Municipal Employees (“AFSME”).Â I am not a member…please, but am FORCED to pay my “fair share” to the organization.Â I have to pay them one percent of my salary even though they DO NOT REPRESENT my views.Â My money pays for this crap!Â I know that they’ll argue that my money only goes to pay them to negotiate on my behalf…a function that I did not request.Â The idiots forget that money is fungible and any money that I am FORCED to pay to an organization who supports views opposite of mine is criminal or it should be.Â Actually they know that money is fungible…they are relying on the fact that public education has so eroded people’s understanding of economics that YOU won’t know.Â They know!
Yet again an Associated Press story is the muse fo a Parsimony post.Â Â I donâ€™t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media.
First the headline (with a link to the original story)â€¦
â€¦Now the story
INDIANAPOLIS – After losing their fight against right-to-work legislation, labor organizers are making a desperate bid on shop room floors and at union halls to persuade members to keep paying their union dues and avoid crippling labor’s influence in Indiana [and all across the country although that has been the trend for more than a decade with decreasing membership in the private sector].
I have had varied experience with unionized labor.Â My father belonged to the Communication Workers Union and was an adamant supporter his whole life.Â As I got older I wondered how he came to almost despise the company that he worked for and paid his salary.Â I have never been in a union, but I have been around them throughout my career.Â An interesting issue has been raised about the fastest growing segment of unionized labor…government workers.