Freedom Foundation

Public Employee Unions: Labor Organizations or Well-Funded Political Machines?

It’s hardly a surprise that Ohio’s prominent union bosses boasted major support for America’s Democratic presidential nominee in the 2020 election cycle.

This is hardly shocking or newsworthy. But these controversial endorsements among Ohio’s labor union leadership directly contradict their self-professed priorities to provide workplace representation.

Moreover, their overt electioneering activity may explain the level of desperation, urgency and manipulation with which they approach the maintenance of their lucrative membership rosters.

In a very real sense, their primary objective isn’t to provide reliable intervention for disenfranchised workers, but to exist as a dependable source of revenue and unwavering support system for leftists, radicals and Democrats.

For example, union members in Ohio have only been permitted to opt out of membership during a very limited annual window. Recently, OEA, OAPSE and OCSEA members have reported their union leadership has failed to honor opt-out requests altogether, citing violation of very narrow constraints integrated into bylaws and collective bargaining agreements.

For far too long, public-sector unions have justified their existence and need for substantial income by monopolizing the workplace representation provided to public employees. Access to very reliable revenue streams, via the forced generosity of dues-paying members, is the means by which unions are supposedly able to fulfill their “righteous advocacy mission.”

It is well understood that unions are financial enterprises. Their money-making methods are very profitable and dependable. Unfortunately, their cash flow comes directly from the comparatively shallow pockets of union members with modest backgrounds.

Consequently, these affluent labor organizations have morphed into well-funded political machines that may — or may not — reflect the values of the very workers whose paychecks provide the funding.

Radical movements, leftist organizations, Democratic candidates as well as centrist Republicans who can be bought and influenced are all enormous benefactors.

Union power brokers want undue influence over the political process. Dues-paying members must know they are not obligated to sustain their political apparatuses.

The Freedom Foundation will arm them with the truth. Dedicated, hardworking public employees will know of their right to halt previously required donations to intricate political networks, disguised as labor organizations.