Union Free America
Unions Don't Spend Dues Dollars On Politics
The union line about not spending dues on politics rates right up there with "Your check is in the mail," "I'll
still respect you in the morning," and "I'm from the government and I'm here to
Not too many years ago Leo Troy, a distinguished professor of economics at Reuters University in New Jersey, gave testimony to a Congressional Committee outlining how unions spend about $500 million in dues dollars on politics each election cycle.
It is rather easy to calculate that the amount could be twice that much. Consider this, in 1988 the U.S. Supreme Court in the "Beck" case said that people who were not union members but who were forced to pay a representation fee to a union as a condition of employment had the right to object to any portion of that fee being spent for political and other purposes and that they had the right to get that money refunded.
The unions rather grudgingly conceded that the amount was about 5 percent. Big deal. Later court cases found that the amount averaged about 15 percent and in the case of some unions was almost 50% but that's another story. Let's go back to the 5 percent. Union income runs about $10 billion a year. Five percent of that is $500 million.
So, even if the amount was as low as 5 percent, which is highly doubtful,
that would make union political spending from dues dollars about $1 billion per election cycle.
Don't let them tell you that they have never heard of a "Beck statement." If you will buy that line, or the one about not using dues dollars for politics, we have a nice bridge we'd like to sell you.