Public employee unions funnel public money to Democrats

From the Washington Examiner:

Who
is the largest single political contributor in the 2010 campaign cycle?
You can be pardoned if you answer, erroneously, that it's some new
conservative group organized by Karl Rove. That's campaign spin by the Obama Democrats, obediently relayed by certain elements of the so-called mainstream media
The
real answer is AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees. The union's president, Gerald McEntee, reports
proudly that AFSCME will be contributing $87.5 million in this cycle,
entirely or almost entirely to Democrats. "We're spending big," he told
the Wall Street Journal. "And we're damn happy it's big."

And much of that money is sucked out of union dues which must be paid by public employee workers. (Yes, they don't have to pay if they follow a legal process, but who does. And why would you want to single yourself out as "not with the program?"

Said Michale Barone in the article:

AFSCME's
No. 1 status is emblematic of a change in the union movement over the
years. Before public employee unions won the right to represent
employees in New York City in 1958 and federal employees in 1962, almost
all union members worked in the private sector.

But unions today represent only 7 percent of private-sector workers.
In 2009, for the first time in history, most union members were public
employees.

This would not have gone down well with President Franklin Roosevelt.
"The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be
transplanted into the public service," he said in the 1930s. A public
employee strike, he said, "looking toward the paralysis of government by
those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable."

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