Should Union Dues be used for Politic...

Should Union Dues be used for Political contributions?

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“Topix Administration”

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Since: Aug 09

Palo Alto, Ca

#1 Mar 27, 2011
It's very common for Unions to donate to political campaigns using money collected from their members (union dues) Do you think this practice should be allowed?

Here is one example of the United Mine Workers
http://www.unionfacts.com/unions/unionProfile...

From political donations, 92% was to the Democratic Party.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#2 Mar 27, 2011
In the last election, seven of the top ten contributors to political parties or candidates were rightwing PACS to conservatives, the other three were unions that contributed mostly to liberals so, yes, unions should be allowed to contribute to political campaigns. What do you think the Wisconsin bruhaha was about but rightwingers trying to curtail union contributions to liberals? Liberal contributors are horribly outnumbered by corporations and PACS that contribute to conservatives.....because they know which party will support their efforts to usurp safety and ecological regulations and allow them to make more money at the expense of the people and the planet we inhabit. The Democratic Party (or liberals) support the workers in the country, Republicans (or conservatives) support the fat cat corporations. So why wouldn't unions (workers) support the Democrats? Wake up people!
Frank

Saint Albans, WV

#3 Mar 27, 2011
No. And unions are outdated
The Man

Huntington, WV

#4 Mar 27, 2011
I hope we get rid of all unions and pay everyone that is not salary minimum wage. That will show those greedy middle class Americans what capitalism is all about! We should also repeal all the labor laws and let the kids work too!!! GO Republicans!!!! The EPA and OSHA are the devil! Without Corporate America you can all starve!
proud to be non union

Huntington, WV

#5 Mar 28, 2011
unions only help the ones running them and there families, just like the carpenters union b/a Randy Mays, labores hall, Dillions, Maynards. So yes go repubicans or how ever can bust these aholes and stop the union bullcrap. i hope thay bust them all.
Lalala

Beckley, WV

#6 Mar 28, 2011
Should be voted on by the members, majority rules.
nope

United States

#7 Mar 28, 2011
I've been burned by the union before. They used to serve a great purpose and were much needed, but now it seems that they only extort money from honest workers so that the corrupt union officials can live high on the hog. Union dues are now like mafia style "protection money". They served their purpose. Now it's time for them to either restructure to actually serve the workers or to die off like the dinosaurs.

Since: Aug 08

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#8 Mar 28, 2011
If the unions die out and the Democrats no longer have their financial support then we will have a one-party political system in this country....sort of like China and Cuba. Is that what people want? Be careful what you wish for.
The Truth Police

Hansford, WV

#9 Mar 28, 2011
Of course they should. Only if corporations and the richest among us were stopped making contributions. I'm personally for government funded elections.
Ron

Allen, TX

#10 Mar 28, 2011
Unions are outdated, time for them to go.
MAGPUL

Whitewright, TX

#11 Mar 28, 2011
No. Not every union worker supports the liberal candidates. Unions also are now a defunct thing in the workplace. They served their purpose, but their time has come.
The Truth Police

Hansford, WV

#12 Mar 28, 2011
I'm amazed at those of you who would say Unions are outdated. You are either owners, or those that have never worked for a Union.

Since: Aug 08

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#13 Mar 28, 2011
The Truth Police wrote:
I'm amazed at those of you who would say Unions are outdated. You are either owners, or those that have never worked for a Union.
Nah, they're just rightwingers....par for the course on Beckley Topix.
Karazme

Germany

#14 Mar 28, 2011
Unions were very much needed way back then but now with all of the federal laws and Osha in place we don't need them.... Have any of you ever worked for a feseral contractor? Do you realize how hard it is to get any suitable labor that knows what they are doing or doesn't say "we know how to milk these contracts dry" that come from the halls.....
And the high dues... for what? Look at the coal mines... majority are union free now and they are higher producers... same with construction... when a nonunion company would win the bid the work was better, faster, and higher quality...do the math America....And the ties to the Socialist movement isn't helping them out at all!!!!!

Since: Aug 08

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#15 Mar 28, 2011
They just don't understand that once one party is in charge of the country they can do whatever they want, including deciding what is best for everybody. If you're not rich you won't have any say-so about anything. How long until people start noticing and then rebelling.....probably not until after gun ownership has been outlawed.

For some reason people in this country don't understand that we now have more in common with Saudia Arabia than we do with the ideals of our founding fathers where everybody was considered equal. Nowadays we have a plutocracy rather than a democracy.

"Plutocracy is defined as a political system characterized by “the rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth.”

People in the middle east and north Africa are rebelling against dictators who rule because they have the power and money but in this country the majority is saying give us more laws and less rights, lower wages and worse health care. We want the rich to have more power and pay fewer taxes because they've earned it...otherwise they wouldn't be rich, right?
71 Rebel

Parkersburg, WV

#16 Mar 28, 2011
Union dues are not used for politcal contributions. If you are a member of a labor union, and if that union wants to contribute money to a political party or a particular candidate, they will simply ask each member to make a contrbution to the union for that purpose or assess each member through payroll deductions. Those contributions will be designated on your pay stub as PAC contributions, or Political Action Contributions.
Karazme

Germany

#17 Mar 28, 2011
No offense Rebel... keep telling yourself that... you would be surprised what they do with your dues....
stelwrkr

Newell, PA

#18 Mar 28, 2011
Everyone who is antiunion please feel free to only work at open shops where you will pay no dues but don't hate on those of us that make twice what you do with more rights, benifits, and vacation time. All of you that have drank the fox news kool aid are jealous of union employees because you don't have our pay and benefits. To believe that company's shouldn't take care of pensions and benefits us absurd. You give the 30 best years of your life to a company so it's the least they can do.
Karazme

Germany

#19 Mar 28, 2011
stelwrkr... I worked for a private fed contractor for 6 years and had every fed holiday off and 3 weeks vacation (within 1 st year)....free life insurance.. and full medical for like 50 bucks a month.... Making 20 bucks an hour after taxes as an office mgr/contracts admin with no degree just experience...I didn't have to pay anybody "dues" to get that....
There are companies out there that do this actually... people just have to move to get the jobs and a lot won't....
stelwrkr

Newell, PA

#20 Mar 28, 2011
Karazme wrote:
stelwrkr... I worked for a private fed contractor for 6 years and had every fed holiday off and 3 weeks vacation (within 1 st year)....free life insurance.. and full medical for like 50 bucks a month.... Making 20 bucks an hour after taxes as an office mgr/contracts admin with no degree just experience...I didn't have to pay anybody "dues" to get that....
There are companies out there that do this actually... people just have to move to get the jobs and a lot won't....
If a company will do that it's great and they should be commended. The only problem is that most companies that are local are industry based and these companies have a history of greed and lack of respect for the employees that keep them operational. Without a union I would be lucky to make $10/hr but instead I make over $20/hr and can comfortably raise a family. My dues are usually around $10/wk which I am fine with. As I said earlier if someone feels that unions are not for them they can just work elsewhere but dont bad mouth us.

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