Union Bosses and Dems Shaking in Their Boots

The AFL-CIO, whose president Richard Trumka is orchestrating much of the protests in Madison this week (while calling for global justice and wealth redistribution in Egypt), and other union bosses as well as the Democrats must be shaking in their boots by now.

The week-long protest was finally visited by the counter protesters, thousands of taxpayers and Tea Party members who until Saturday had been busy at work –unlike the teachers, other union members AND Wisconsin Democratic senators who have walked off their jobs + are still MIA!

The very cozy relationship between union leadership and the Democratic party is in danger of destruction. A success in Wisconsin will spread like wildfire as more and more people realize that collective bargaining, forced union membership and lopsided benefit packages has led fiscal disaster nationwide and worldwide.

According to the Daily Caller, here’s a sampling of what’s at stake in the way of Democratic campaign contributions & votes for government favors to big labor:

  • $1.2 million in 2008 and $900,000 in 2010 from the AFL-CIO
  • $2.6 million in 2008 and $2.6 million in 2010 by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • $2.3 million in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010 from The National Education Association
  • $2.4 million in 2008 and $2.3 million in 2010 from The Teamsters
  • $2.6 million in 2008 and $1.7 million in 2010 from SEIU
  • $2 million in 2008 and $2.1 million 2010 from The Carpenters and Joiners
  • $2.6 million in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010 from The Laborers union
  • $3.8 million in 2008 and $3.2 million in 2010 from The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • $2.8 million in 2008 and $2.7 million in 2010 from The American Federation of Teachers
  • $2.5 million in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010 from The Machinists and Aerospace union
  • $2.2 million in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010 from The Communication Workers of America
  • $2.1 million in 2008 and $1.5 million in 2010 from The United Autoworkers
  • $2.1 million in 2008 and $1.9 million in 2010 from The United Food and Commercial Workers union
That’s nearly $60 Million taken directly from member dues that those union members probably could have spent better on their own (as in their retirement or health care or maybe higher wages from that money saved).  BTW, most unions gave a negligible amount, if anything at all, to the Republican Party over the past two election cycles. So yeah, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on!

Aloha, Mikie

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