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.