60% of All Union Members Disagree With Their Unions’ Political Expenditures

Photo credit: SEIU Local 1

This election year, millions of Americans will donate to the political candidates and initiatives of their choice at the local, state, and federal levels. But for unionized workers, union dues come out of their paychecks and go to political causes—and they aren’t consulted on where that money will go.

In July, The Wall Street Journal’s Tom McGinty and Brody Mullins published an eye-opening report that “Organized labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought.”

They broke down the unions’ political spending from 2005 to 2011: $1.1 billion “supporting federal candidates through their political-action committees, which are funded with voluntary contributions, and lobbying Washington, which is a cost borne by the unions’ own coffers.”

But that was only the beginning. Add to that another $3.3 billion for political activity from “polling fees, to money spent persuading union members to vote a certain way, to bratwursts to feed Wisconsin workers protesting at the state capitol last year.” Who pays for this? The workers, McGinty and Mullins report: “Much of this kind of spending comes not from members’ contributions to a PAC but directly from unions’ dues-funded coffers.”

Despite findings that 60 percent of union members object to their dues being spent on political causes, this practice continues. Why?

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  • ONTIME

    I retired in “95” and it was then that the right to reclaim your misspent dues had become law, the bad part was you had to reclaim it after it was used to do the damage you wanted to avoid. I hope that nowadays, those who disagree with the way dues are spent politically can stop the use of those monies from being misused….Decertify all government unions and put a stop to corruption.

  • gracentruth

    Workers uniting was, in the beginning, a survival mechanism. Now, unions have become a great evil. Unions don’t pay workers, instead, they steal from workers and take the workers’ money to promote their marxism. Employers go out of business and workers have no pay. AMA, ABA and other professional organizations are no different. Workers of America, please consider decertification from unions who steal your hard earned dollars for the purpose of controlling your lives. Slavery no more. Peace,

  • CaptTurbo

    40% of union members dumber then a buffalo chip.