Wisconsin's public employees in unions make 7.8 percent more in salary than their non-union colleagues and 7.9 percent more when benefits are included. This is referred to as a "union premium." Wisconsin's premium is greater than the national average of 6.8 percent and 7.4 percent respectively.
The average unionized public employee makes $35.43 an hour in wages and benefits, for an annual total compensation of $73,611. A non-unionized public employee makes $32.80 an hour, or $68,224 per year. That is a difference of $5,387 per employee.
Even the liberal Franklin Delano Rooseveltfound the idea of public sector unions abhorrent:
All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.
Union membership is down but Big Labor bosses’ profits are up. More than 400 labor chiefs pocketed at least $250,000 each last year, even as their collective ranks fell by 400,000 members. They say they are fighting for the working class. Not quite. We did the math…
How would you react if your employer informed you he would be taking a modest cut from your paycheck each month for his political action committee? What if he told you that if you try to opt out of this arrangement he'd hassle you and might fight you all the way to the Supreme Court?