by Nathan Paul Mehrens
Senior Fellow, Institute for the American Worker
Unions that are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Labor already receive over $11 billion per year in dues and fees. They spend these billions on a wide range of activities. If labor organizations can increase their membership to the level that existed in 1983, the dues they receive could, under a conservative estimate, exceed $20 billion. This would give unions additional resources to use on things like political activities and lobbying, potentially allowing them to put $3 billion per election cycle into use.
This report further examines how labor unions have historically spent member dues and fees over the past several decades, how they are spending that money now, and predicts how union spending will be impacted in the future if the PRO Act becomes law.