During yesterday’s interview, Rep. Mary Franson said that AFSCME justified their representing day care providers to be “the voice in St. Paul for the voiceless.”
In other words, AFSCME was arguing that they were needed to be day care providers’ lobbyists in St. Paul. Unfortunately, AFSCME wasn’t telling the whole truth. According to Rep. Franson, who identified herself as a former day care provider, she’s worked with several organizations, including the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, aka the MLFCCA, and Childcare Works.
Union Facts’ website says that AFSCME’s membership in 2002 was 1,350,000 people. Its high point was 2009, when AFSCME’s membership reached 1,501,220 people. AFSCME’s total membership in 2010 is 1,465,288.
In other words, AFSCME membership nationwide is stable after growing slightly. The point is that they need to increase their numbers to influence policy and elections. Without the sheer numbers, unions aren’t respected.
AFSCME’s day care membership drive was driven mostly by the need to beef up their membership. Their pitch that it was about giving a voice to the voiceless didn’t pass the laugh test after hearing about the MLFCCA and Childcare Works, two lobbying groups.
AFSCME’s pitch was to replace the the voice for the not-so-voiceless with their own voice. It’s isn’t unreasonable to think that AFSCME’s goal was to soften their gruff image.
Let’s remember that AFSCME thugs in Union Grove, WI who threatened to boycott businesses who wouldn’t post AFSCME’s signs in their window:
Last month, Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar Store in Union Grove, Wis., was asked to display a pro-union sign in her window. Ms. Bobo, a self- described conservative Republican, refused and received a letter from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asking her to reconsider.
“Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do [sic] a public boycott of your business,” the letter said.
With their thuggish image, it couldn’t hurt to hide behind day care providers to repair their image.