Apparently some conservatives are so virulently anti-union that they’re happy to take a $4,000 per year cut to take-home pay just to avoid paying $800 in yearly union dues.
Susan Flood says she will gladly subtract $4,000 in pension and health premiums from her take-home pay next year in exchange for not having to pay roughly $800 in union dues.
While Susan Flood says she’ll gladly subtract $4,000 this year from her take-home pay to avoid having to pay union dues, I can’t help but wonder if she’ll be as glad to swallow a similar cut in her take-home pay in years to come. After all, thanks to the Gov. Walker having essentially busted public employee unions, school districts like the one where Susan Flood lives will be free to continue to demand that she pay more and more of her health care and pension costs. Without any union to represent her in collective bargaining with her employer, Susan Flood could very well be forced to “gladly” subtract another $4,000 (or more) from her yearly take-home pay next year and the year after that, and the year after that…
I wonder how many years of cuts to her take-home pay Susan Flood will be glad to put up with before she finally realizes that while labor unions aren’t perfect, they do provide employees with a measure of strength and protection (especially when it comes to contract negotiations) that those employees wouldn’t otherwise enjoy.
Hopefully someone from the Cap Times will check back with Susan Flood in a year or two to see if she’s still glad to endure cuts to her take-home pay just to make a point about her dissatisfaction with her union.