Think Unions Are Politically Powerful Now? Just Wait Till After Card Check
This huge amount of new spending on the political process will definitely have an effect. To provide some perspective, consider that in the 2008 presidential campaign, which broke the record for election spending, then-Senator Barack Obama spent $780 million.
Handing over $1.7 billion over to union bosses to spend on federal, state, and local races will give labor the ability to monopolize political spending on the part of third parties in many candidate contests and campaigns advocating policy initiatives.
No one should assume that the increased influence of these labor leaders will actually help average workers. Look at EFCA. While it is promoted as being good for employees, its removal of employee secret ballot protections and its provision to force employees to accept any contract mandated by a federal arbitrator are certainly not pro-worker. No, union leaders having used their clout to push the Employee "Forced" Choice Act to swell their ranks would use the increase in dues to push a political agenda many workers disagree with.
Union bosses and their political allies stand to do very well under EFCA. The bosses get more money and more power, while the politicians get more contributions and campaign spending on their behalf. All this comes at the expense of workers and businesses. It's time to remind politicians that they work for the people not Big Labor, and promoting job-killing legislation that limits our freedoms is not acceptable under any circumstances.