Posts tagged Politics

    Member testimonial: Unions are too politicized, should focus on members

    December 12, 2022 // “The union picks and chooses political candidates or campaigns to support,” the member told me, “but does not ask members for feedback or advice.” It is important to note that while this AFFT member shares similar political views to the union’s preferred candidates, they still believe the decision to donate to candidates or campaigns should be up to the individual and not the union. Instead, it is the belief of the AFFT member I spoke with that the union should focus on taking care of union workers and refrain from spending dues on politics.

    No worker is a victim

    September 5, 2022 // Good workers should never ‘play the victim’ and blame their boss for not making enough money. Working for a company isn’t the priesthood -- you can leave. A worker is worth fair wages. An employer who takes advantage of willing, loyal, honest workers by not paying them what they are worth isn’t worthy of having eager, reliable, forthright employees.


    August 29, 2022 // 2021, IFT spent 190 times more money on Chicago-area affiliates than it did on affiliates south of Interstate 80.2 In fact, IFT reported directing money to only one affiliate south of I-80.3 That isn’t all. IFT and AFT admit in their reports that most of the spending was not on representing members, but on politics, overhead and other union leadership priorities.


    August 26, 2022 // Only $134 of each Chicago Teachers Union member’s dues is actually spent on representing Chicago Public Schools teachers. The rest is spent on other CTU leadership priorities and on the union hierarchy. Representing members is supposed to be a union’s core purpose, but just 19% of the Chicago Teachers Union’s spending in 2021 was on “representational activities.”

    Republicans increasingly critical of several major U.S. institutions, including big corporations and banks

    April 24, 2022 // Republicans are critical of how several major institutions, from large corporations and technology companies to universities and K-12 public schools, are affecting the United States. And in many cases, Republicans’ assessments have taken a sharp negative turn in the past few years.

    President Biden Sides Against Union Rank-and-File

    April 18, 2022 // Of course, siding against workers is not the best look politically. Neither is shutting down transparency. The Biden Administration understandably rolled back the transparency regulation very quietly. Biden’s Labor Department killed the rule without fanfare on December 30 — the day before the New Year’s Eve holiday, when most union members and the press enjoyed Christmas vacations.

    Labor organizers and anti-union activists square off again on membership, dues issues

    March 18, 2022 // “It codifies the process by which an employee may exercise this right and safeguards that person’s ability to exercise it at any time,” Vernuccio said. “It does this by having the public employees tell their employers directly that they wish to have money taken from their paycheck, instead of employers taking the union’s word for it.”

    Video: Why Are Labor Unions Targeting Youth?

    March 15, 2022 // Labor unions have one major motivator for growing their ranks: money. The steady drop in membership has meant a drop in the amount of dues unions take in. And unions losing money is bad news for their allies on the political Left, who rely heavily on the funding they receive from unions each year.