Where Do Union Dues Go?

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Leading Union Political Campaign Contributors
  Democrats Republicans  
American Fed. of State, County, & Municipal Employees $40,281,900 $547,700  
Intel Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 29,705,600 679,000  
National Education Association 27,679,300 2,005,200  
Service Employees International Union 26,368,470 98,700  
Communication Workers of America 26,305,500 125,300  
Service Employees International Union 26,252,000 1,086,200  
Laborers Union 25,734,000 138,000  
American Federation of Teachers 25,682,800 200,000  
United Auto Workers 25,082,200 182,700  
Teamsters Union 24,926,400 1,822,000  
Carpenters and Joiners Union 24,094,100 658,000  
Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union 23,875,600 226,300  
United Food and Commercial Workers Union 23,182,000 334,200  
AFL-CIO 17,124,300 713,500  
Sheet Metal Workers Union 16,347,200 342,800  
Plumbers & Pipefitters Union 14,790,000 818,500  
Operating Engineers Union 13,840,000 2,309,500  
Airline Pilots Association 12,806,600 2,398,300  
International Association of Firefighters 12,421,700 2,685,400  
United Transportation Workers 11,807,000 1,459,300  
Ironworkers Union 11,638,900 936,000  
American Postal Workers Union 11,633,100 544,300  
Nat’l Active & Retired Fed. Employees Association 8,135,400 2,294,600  
Seafarers International Union 6,726,800 1,281,300  
Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.

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0 responses to “Where Do Union Dues Go?

  1. To the union thugs, that’s where.

  2. This looks like white man’s welfare. Thank you for the post. It explains a lot about the democratic party!

  3. Demonrats have no compunction about wasting “other people’s money”.

  4. They go to the organizations that gave you a 40-hour work week, safety measures that mean you still have all your fingers, and maybe your life, and to end child labor. Much of what YOU take for granted was won with the sweat and blood of union workers. States with strong unions have a higher overall wage base for ALL workers, and a better standard of living for all. Public sector union jobs ended patronage in Wisconsin and other states – but now those protections are ending and patronage is already being revived in Wis. As for wasting other people’s money, corporations that spend millions – even billions – on lobbying, elections and now Super Pacs charge EVERYBODY more for their goods and services, then spend part of those profits to further their right-wing agendas. Thugs? The Kock brothers, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove are thugs! FYI: Of the top 10 contributors to political
    campaigns, only three are unions, the other seven are large corporations.

    • lowtechgrannie

      I worked in the office of a union construction company for 15 years. Our work was very seasonal, the men made their money during the dry summer weather only, during the rainy season there’s no work in the trade. After they’d been off on unemployment all winter and during the rainy spring, they came back to work to a full schedule of work starting in mid-June.
      Guess what? The union convinced them to go on strike right at the start of their prime earning season. The union told them they’d be eligible for unemployment while they were on strike. NOT TRUE! The union told them they’d get $70 per day for picket duty. NOT TRUE. They were off work for over 10 WEEKS! They missed a full season earning top wages and benefits! Full wage/benefits per 40 hr week was around $47 per hour – time & half on Saturday and double time on Sunday. In the summer they often worked 10 hour days. You do the math.
      The contract was settled in late September, the beginning of the rainy season. They had to file appeals to Employment Security because they’d collected unemployment illegally and couldn’t pay it back. They were not eligible for benefits after the strike because they had not worked in the previous quarter, being on strike.
      The workers lost thousands of dollars in wages and benefits. Ten years later some of them said they still hadn’t recovered the loss. They were selling their trucks, tools, homes to survive the financial hardship caused by that strike. The local union boss made out alright though. He got promoted to the International.

  5. Koch Brothers – typo noted.


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