Regan Pifer writes that the irony is just too much.
A labor union representing government workers spent “more on politics than it did representing the interest of its members”.
According to the Free Beacon:
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) spent $55.3 million on “political activities and lobbying” in 2016 compared to the $36.4 million in expenditures related to “representational activities,” such as contract negotiations and grievance managements for its membership, according to its 2016 federal labor filings. Its political spending accounted for more than 27 percent of all its expenditures for the year.
AFSCME spent over $14 million supporting political candidates and $25 million on “outside spending.” Almost all of this money went to Democratic candidates.
It sounds like labor unions are about as worthless and ineffective as big government.
But their time may be up.
The Supreme Court is hearing a case Janus v. AFSCME which has the potential to “undermine political operations that assist the Democratic party. The suit seeks to overturn the 1977 Supreme Court decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that allowed state and local government agencies to require public sector workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.”
What happens if Abood is overturned? Government workers can opt out of union dues, fees, and membership.
In other words, the Democratic candidates will have to look elsewhere for their funding. And that is no small chunk of change.
AFSCME was ranked as one of the top 30 contributors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Naomi Walker, the assistant to the AFSCME president, stated “the progressive infrastructure in this country, from think tanks to advocacy organizations–which depends on the resources and engagement of workers and their unions—will crumble,” she said. “We need the entire labor and progressive movements to stand with us and fight for us. We may not survive without it—and nor, we fear, will they.”
So let me get this straight… this labor union depends on all government workers to pay dues so that money can go to support candidates they may not agree with…?