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While Members Suffer, Unions Waste Millions on Political Campaigns

August 28, 2010
Timothy H. Lee
8/26/2010

Today’s labor movement claims to hold its individual members’ welfare paramount. So what message do its leaders send when they opt to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns while members continue to suffer very difficult economic times?

This week alone, media reported a coordinated campaign between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to spend approximately $100 million on this November’s midterm elections. The AFL-CIO will reportedly contribute $53 million to the fund, although President Richard Trumka said that it would likely commit even more and exceed its 2006 election spending. For its part, the SEIU budgeted at least $44 million for the joint effort, but also indicated its willingness to increase that amount.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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