With midterm elections quickly approaching, unions are again throwing money behind candidates and initiatives that benefit big labor.
Most recently, AFL-CIO and other unions helped back a massive $16.3 million campaign in Missouri to successfully block the state’s right-to-work law.
Democratic hopefuls are raking in the cash as well. As of September 18, the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), for example, has contributed nearly $2 million to Democratic House and Senate candidates (and by contrast, $6,000 to Republicans) during this campaign cycle. SEIU has backed Democratic House/Senate candidates to the tune of over $818,000 (no contributions to Republicans). Even smaller unions, like the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), has contributed more than $27,000 to Democrats.
Also consider that from 2010 to 2017, union officials sent more than $1.3 billion in member dues to hundreds of liberal advocacy groups—without prior member approval.
Labor leaders clearly don’t have an issue with using their members’ dues to leverage political causes. But their members don’t always support the same causes they do. Fortunately, there is something they can do about it, by exercising what is known as their “Beck rights.”
Unfortunately, many employees don’t even realize they have this tool at their disposal.