-By Warner Todd Huston
A few days ago Michelle Malkin received an email from an outraged Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member in Los Angeles who was mad that his dues money was going to pay for a pro-illegal alien bus tour planned by union leaders.
The tour was supposed to start in L.A. and end up in Phoenix, Arizona and was meant to highlight the supposed evils of Arizona’s SB1070, the anti-illegal immigrant law that has been so much in the news. The union member that contacted Malkin was apparently “furious” over the union’s plans.
I am furious over this and wrote an email back to them to tell them so. I forget to mention to them I am especially upset over them using my dues to pay for this bus and the trip
Well, now the L.A. Times has confirmed the story the outraged union member reported first to Malkin.
More than 550 people plan to ride on 11 buses to Arizona to stage a protest and launch a partnership with Arizona groups to boost voter registration. During the one-day trip, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, participants will meet with Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris, march to the state Capitol and hold a vigil. The participants represent 32 unions.
So, once again we see unions wasting their dues paying members money on political activism that has precisely nothing to do with their jobs.
What about the thousands of union members that support Arizona’s attempt to step into the gaping chasm that the federal government has left by refusing to do its job of protecting the border and monitoring and controlling lawbreakers from illegally crossing our borders?
When do union bosses move to support the members that stand against the lawbreaking of illegal immigrants?
Better yet, why are public employees unions engaging in this activism in the first place? What does the issue of illegal immigrants have to do with their government jobs, anyway? Nothing, of course, but it is the left-wing cause du jour and leftism is what unions are about, not their actual employment needs and issues.