Until the law was passed, teachers were compelled to be members of either the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) or the smaller AFT-Wisconsin. The educational system was obligated to withdraw union dues directly from teachers' pay and pass the fees on. Under the current law, unions need to seek annual recertification from teachers to establish that a majority still want it to represent them in collective bargaining.
Since the law's passage, WEAC membership has fallen by about 33 percent from some 100,000 teachers. The AFT-Wisconsin union has seen its membership fall by more than 50 percent from 16,000 in its heyday. Supporters of the law said that unions were heavily invested in supporting the Marxist/Progressive agenda and making contributions to Marxist/Progressive candidates.
"It's important to have a choice, because we are all professionals. We shouldn't be pigeonholed into contributing to politics we don't believe in," said special education teacher Michelle Uetz,.
"As soon as I was given the choice, I left," said teacher Amy Rosno, adding, "I realized that it was all political and not about teaching."
Some new teachers say the union tried to frighten them into staying, warning they would otherwise have little leverage against administrators. The law was championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a 2012 recall election. He is running for re-election in November against Democrat Mary Burke.
"A lot of teachers are afraid to admit that they support Walker," Rosno said.
This is why the unions and the Marxists/Progressives fight freedom. This is why the unions and Marxist/Progressives fight choice. This is why the unions and the Marxist/Progressives oppose right to work states. Given freedom, choice, and right to work states, the unions which are huge contributors to the Marxist/Progressive agenda and candidates, realize without coercion their membership and financial position drops quickly.