Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 --- 7:43 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The 2011 state law that all but ended collective bargaining for most public workers has hit Wisconsin's second largest union hard.
The Capital Times reports (http://bit.ly/1dXUUxo ) the latest tax documents available show combined income of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) dropped 45 percent in 2012. That was the first full year of the law, called Act 10.
In 2011, the four councils that make up the state organization reported a combined income of $14.9 million. In 2012 that dropped to $8.3 million. Dues revenue dropped 40 percent to $7.1 million.
Council 40 executive director Rick Badger says that while the declines in revenue stemming from Act 10 are expected, he has been encouraged by the number of workers who have continued to pay voluntary dues.
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