According to Unionstats.com, an internet data resource on private and public sector union membership, about 36,000 non-union Iowa workers will be forced to pay union dues if our Right to Work law is altered. Of those non-union workers, 21,000 are public employees. House File 555 applies to both private and public non-union workers who work in unionized workplaces. (Note: Information about unionstats.com is listed at the end of the article.)
HF 555 allows the leadership of private and public employee unions to forcibly collect union dues from employees who have made a decision against joining a union. Unions stand to see a significant windfall under HF 555. If forced union dues are conservatively estimated to be about $500 per year then the unions stand to collect about $18 million for their political coffers from public employees if HF 555 is enacted.
Under the deceptively titled “Fair Share” legislation, unions will be able to legally garnish the wages of non-union employees.
Why is organized labor so intent on pushing through forced unionism legislation like HF 555? Union membership in Iowa is 152,589. In 1983 union membership stood at 231,348. Over the last 25 years, membership has steadily declined.
On February 13, 2007 the Burlington Hawkeye wrote: “In addition to bargaining contracts, unions are very politically and socially active. It’s simply wrong for them to compel someone to financially support an organization in which they have philosophical differences.
Unions struggling to retain and grow membership should look inside themselves and create a marketing strategy to swell their ranks. They have something to sell to a new employee, and should put their expertise at that endeavor.”
Union Membership and Coverage Database from the CPS (Documentation)
The Union Membership and Coverage Database, available at www.unionstats.com, is an Internet data resource providing private and public sector labor union membership, coverage, and density estimates compiled from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly household survey, using BLS methods. Economy-wide estimates are provided beginning in 1973; estimates by state, detailed industry, and detailed occupation begin in 1983; and estimates by metropolitan area begin in 1986. The Database, constructed by Barry Hirsch (Trinity University) and David Macpherson (Florida State University), is updated annually