by Maxford Nelsen
June 16, 2014
While some unions make a point to use only voluntary contributions on politics, the vast majority of union funds spent on politics in Washington are collected from mandatory dues. Under current state law, union workers are unable to easily or effectively abstain from supporting union political activity. Rather, many workers must, as a condition of employment, be represented by a union that overcharges them for workplace representation and spends the excess on political activity – even political activity that the workers themselves disagree with. Political candidates should refuse to accept contributions forcibly deducted from workers’ paychecks.