Republican Indirectly Hurt Democrats with its Attack on Union
The Republican attacks on Wisconsin might not only curtail the rights of the union members but it could also cost the reelection of President Barack Obama. Unions are one of the largest supporters and source of financial donations of the Democrats. This is one of the reasons why Republicans are targeting them.
It is clear that the Republican agenda is to hurt the unions after their success in the mid-term elections. 37 states are now pushing to remove the unions’ collective bargaining rights and their ability to retain members and collect dues.
Though the attempts to control the unions are not 100 percent successful, their finances will be hit dramatically. The Democrats will suffer as well. It is a well-known fact that unions channel membership dues to support Democratic candidates.
Union membership is decreasing all over the United States with just 12 percent of the total workforce in 2010 from 20 percent in 1983. 14.7 million Union members belong in the public sector, which makes them an easy target for the Republicans. The Republicans cited the budget deficits as the reason to curb union benefits.
Wisconsin has been the center of the battle. Republican Governor Scott Walker insisted that the only way to decrease the deficits in the state budget is to take away their rights to collective bargaining. He said that that’s the only way to prevent tax increase for the middle class.