Posts Tagged ‘union’

Wisconsin – Union-backed Democrat for governor loses primary with 35% of the vote

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012


Barrett defeated former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk, the unions’ preferred candidate, by a wide margin. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Barrett had 58 percent to Falk’s 35 percent. Two other Democratic candidates, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, received 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively.


Barrett’s victory came despite organized labor’s best efforts against him. Most of the state’s unions – including the AFL-CIO, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the SEIU and the United Food and Commercial Workers – endorsed Falk.

Overall, labor backed Falk to the tune of about $4 million, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Economist Mark Perry: Low (High) Union = High (Low) Employment Growth

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Mark Perry:

From 2003 to 2008, for example, aggregate private-sector employment grew by a healthy 10.4% in the 11 states in which fewer than 5% of private employees were under union
monopoly control as of 2003. In the 18 states with private-sector monopoly bargaining below the national average, but above 5%, employment grew by 6.1%. But in the 21 states with above average private-sector unionization, aggregate employment grew by just 3.5% — roughly a third as much as in the lowest-union-density states.