Marin County, California, the limo liberal capital of the world, may see its county workers dump Barack Obama’s union for a locally owned one — the Marin Association of Public Employees. SEIU represents 1,500 of the county’s 2,100 employees.
“In January, a petition requesting the decertification of SEIU was submitted to the county. Maya Gladstern, a systems support analyst with the company who is helping to coordinate the campaign for the association, said at least 30 percent of county workers have signed the petition, the minimum required for decertification,” the Marin Independent Journal.
Marin County was the place where Obama made his infamous Bitter Clinger remarks that stereotyped teh people of rural Pennsylvania as a bunch of rubes.
“Gladstern said most of the complaints about SEIU stem from the union’s decision, three years ago, to merge many of its smaller local unions in California into four large locals,” the newspaper reported.
“Gladstern said the union’s strike fund, which amounted to about $80,000 to $100,000, has been absorbed by SEIU, and the Marin employees are likely to see an increase in their union dues from 1.2 percent of their salary to 1.75 percent,” the newspaper reported.
Hope. Change. Union dues.
As National Review's Andy McCarthy wrote over the weekend, "If the party of government transforms the relationship between the citizen and the state, its power over our lives will be vast even in those cycles when it is not in the majority. This is about power, and there is more to power than winning elections, especially if you've calculated that your opposition does not have the gumption to dismantle your ballooning welfare state."
The only way to change that calculation is for the GOP to make crystal clear now that its first order of business come January 2011 will be repeal if it is returned to congressional majorities and Obamacare is on the books. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner have magnificently held their troops in line to date against Obamacare while saying nothing about repeal for fear of appearing to concede defeat. That changed Sunday as Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said, "People are saying, 'We don't want it.' The Democrats are saying, 'We don't care, we're doing it anyway.' The Democrats will try to jam this through, and the rest of the year we're going to be involved in a campaign to repeal it."
Like Cato the Elder, who concluded his Roman Senate speeches with the warning that "Carthage must be destroyed," Republicans should repeat at every opportunity the promise that Obamacare will be repealed in 2011 if it becomes law in 2010.
If unions want to survive, they have to divorce themselves from politics, or at least from the Democratic Party. It wasn’t that long ago that unions supported both parties and had an agenda almost entirely focused on workers rather than on growing government. Unfortunately, the only growth industry for unions now is government, with government employment the only sector remaining stable over the last two years — and the only sector that still has a healthy percentage of union labor.
If they’re demoralized now, just wait until after the midterms.