Documents acquired by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy through a Freedom of Information Act request show that unions representing government employees fared well in 2009, in spite of a nationwide recession that has hit Michigan especially hard. Union dues payments made by the state on behalf of government employees actually increased from $17.6 million in 2008 to $18.1 million in 2009. Five of the six unions that bargain collectively with the state recorded increases in dues income.

According to the Michigan Civil Service Commission, the number of state employees who are represented by a union went up slightly, from 38,504 in 2008 to 38,524 in 2009. The increase of 20 represented employees does not explain the increase in dues payments. The average state employee saw his annual union dues increase by $12.67 in 2009, from $456.97 to $469.64. And it’s very unlikely this dues hike was on account of rising costs; the consumer price index actually declined from 2008 to 2009.

The Michigan Corrections Organization, SEIU Local 526M, was the only union to report a decline in state employee dues revenue, on account of losing 400 employees in its bargaining unit. Another SEIU local, 517M, was a big winner, adding 400 employees and increasing its income by nearly $300,000. UAW Local 6000 saw its dues income go up by over $200,000. Another three unions recorded more modest gains.

Stay Engaged

Receive our weekly emails!

These figures do not include $3.7 million in dues collected on behalf of Child Care Providers Together Michigan, the supposed representative of independent, home-based child care providers.

These membership dues are essentially guaranteed by the state under the terms of collective bargaining agreements, and the state collects these funds and transfers them over to various unions. In the end, it’s taxpayers who are paying for these unions.

The following are the state’s union dues payments in 2008 and 2009.

Union 2008 dues 2009 dues Change
MI St. Employ. Assn/AFSCME Local 5 $2,187,813.60 $2,237,746.82 +$49,933.22
UAW Local 6000 $5,838,655.20 $6,053,182.92 +$214,527.72
MI Corrections Org./SEIU 526M $4,959,645.28 $4,840,725.89 -$118,919.39
SEIU 517M $2,433,129.78 $2,721,664.04 +$288,534.26
MI St. Police Troopers Assn. $1,125,395.91 $1,182,965.34 +$57,569.43
AFSCME Council 25 $1,050,559.04 $1,056,008.47 +$5,449.43




Totals $17,595,198.81 $18,092,293.48 +$497,094.67

~~~~~

Related Articles:

DeVos Delirium

As Michigan House Considers Electric Monopoly Bill, Observers Fear Price Spikes

Why School Choice is So Valuable

Legacy Society

MSU Bans Smoking on Campus But Reports No Violations

Infrastructure Funding Principles

Stay Engaged

Simply enter your email below to receive our weekly email:

Facebook
Twitter

Workers who chose to leave unions want to fend for themselves but current law requires unions in union shops to negotiate their pay and work conditions. "Worker's Choice" gives employees the freedom to choose representation.

Related Sites