Just before the Banana Republic of Wisconsin eliminated both collective bargaining rights and voting rights, deep-pockets political action committee Crossroads GPS, a wholly owned subsidiary of America’s billionaires and America’s bilious Karl Rove, launched a reported $750,000 ad campaign “taking aim at public employee unions.”
The TV spot’s narrator says:
“Why are Democrats shutting down state capitals? To protect a system that pays unionized government workers 42 percent more than non-union workers, a system that collects hundreds of millions in mandatory dues to back liberals who support government unions.”
Those numbers are likely made up. But these numbers – from a current Gallup Poll (via ABC’s The Note) – likely aren’t:
Fresh numbers from a March 3-6 Gallup Poll show that [Americans] are divided on the question of whether to “[change] state laws to limit the bargaining power of state employee unions.” Half of Americans — 49 percent — say they would favor a move like this in their own state while 45 percent are opposed. http://bit.ly/fkrjQx
Gallup also showed independents narrowly favoring the proposal to limit the bargaining power of state unions, but just 42 percent favored reducing state worker pay and benefits. Meanwhile, it’s also clear that voters aren’t interested in picking on labor unions. The latest Bloomberg survey also found that 72 percent of all voters viewed public employees favorably and 63 percent said corporations “wielded more political clout than unions.”
For all of you keeping score at home, the hardworking staff stands corrected on the public image of labor unions.