Madison – Governor Scott Walker’s office today released an estimate of how much money government workers could save through the governor’s budget repair bill. A conservative estimate would mean government workers could save at least $72,150,000.
Although the budget repair bill asks government workers to contribute a modest amount to their pensions and healthcare premiums (well less than the national average), workers could make up much of the increased costs because their union dues would be optional.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel most of the 23,000 state workers who are members of AFSCME pay $420 a year in union dues, though some pay as much as $492. Using the $420 figure these workers would see potential savings of at least $9,660,000.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel members of AFT-Wisconsin who make more than $34,000 a year pay $510 each year in dues. AFT represents 17,000 government workers. Using the $510 figure savings for these workers would total $8,670,000.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel members of the Professional Patient Care Unit of the SEIU pay $192 to $864 or more each year in union dues. There are 15,000 members of this union. Using a figure of just $250, would mean a total savings of $3,750,000.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Public Schools Teachers pay $995 annually in dues. The teacher’s union in Milwaukee represents 6,000 teachers making the potential savings $5,970,000.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wisconsin teachers pay $450 per year for the state and national portions of their dues, on top of their local dues. WEAC says it represents 98,000 employees. If each represented employee pays $450 in dues a year there are potential savings of $44,100,000.