by Matthew Brouillette
Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives
June 11, 2014
Today, government unions – and only government unions – are able to use taxpayer-funded payroll services to automatically deduct union dues and campaign contributions from employees’ paychecks. These monies – collected at taxpayers’ expense by school districts, municipalities, counties, and state government – are sent to private organizations and then used for partisan and political purposes. There are at least two reasons why unions should not be allowed to continue this practice: Fairness to taxpayers and Accountability for public employees. Government should provide equal opportunity for all and favor for none – and union leaders should be accountable to union members for how they spend their money.