In light of the rejection of UNION membership with... " the biggest drop has been in the Wisconsin chapter of AFSCME, the powerful union that represents state, county, and municipal workers. In the past year, more than 30,000 members have deserted the collective. According to the Journal, when Walker first proposed his fiscal reforms in early 2011, AFSCME’s Wisconsin membership stood at a healthy 62,818. By February 2012, the labor behemoth had shrunk to 28,745. “ Wisconsin Unions in Decline - Robert Costa - National Review Online The major point of Walker's reforms was to give members an opportunity to be a union member and not FORCED to be a union member! In my case I was a union member at a UAW factory in my younger years. As a summer utility worker I was required to be a union member. BUT the union featherbedding rules though were never more apparent then when I was doing some carpentry work replacing broken pallets. I was told by the foreman to work on completing some NEW pallets, i.e. new lumber. A couple of hours later the foreman told me I had to stop. Seems a shop steward said a utility worker and NOT a carpenter according to union contract ONLY carpenters could work on New lumber projects! It was OK for me to repair OLD pallets but working on NEW pallets was a carpenter's job! This was just one of several personal experiences with UNIONs that showed me how wasteful, un-productive the UNION movement had become! More importantly UNIONs continued since those experiences 40+ years ago to be close minded truly out of touch with reality.