Union Boss: Unions Aren’t About Worker Wages But “Massive Social Change”

Or, in other words, unions are little more than advocacy groups for progressive liberal causes according to AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka. Which most honest observers have known some time now, but it’s a bit startling to hear a union boss like Trumka come right out and admit it.

If unions are, as Mr. Trumka describes, first and foremost about a liberal political agenda and not collective bargaining for workers then doesn’t that change the entire legal premise of organized labor? For instance, in non-right to work states many employees are forced to pay into a union. But if the union is more a political organization than a workers rights organization then aren’t they being forced to make contributions to a political entity?

Which is essentially the way things are now. Many American workers are forced to support unions with their dues, only to see the unions themselves concern themselves more with advancing liberal politics than caring for workers. Unions are an anachronism. Where once they may have been legitimate advocates for workers they’ve long since become unnecessary in that role, and so have morphed into political advocacy groups.

And given that reality, any laws mandating union enrollment or giving unions special treatment should be ended.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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