If you’ve ever belonged to a union, have you ever wondered what they do with monthly dues they automatically deduct from your paycheck? Generally you would think that it’s used to pay the salaries of union officials, but that’s not always the truth.
Consider the case of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s teachers’ union. In a report posted by Colin Roth with EAGnews.org:
“According to new campaign finance reports filed with the Government Accountability Board, WEAC PAC, the political action committee for the state’s largest teachers union, spent approximately $1.6 million on donations to radical left-wing groups and funding for anti-Walker negative ads.”
“WEACWEAC gave the Greater Wisconsin Committee, a left-wing group responsible for running deceitful negative ads against Scott Walker, over $1.3 million in the last three months. According to the Center for Public Integrity, the Greater Wisconsin Committee has spent over $2.6 million on negative ads this campaign cycle making WEAC one of the top contributors.”
“The Greater Wisconsin Committee is responsible for running deceitful ads about equal pay, tax cuts for the wealthy, and education funding.”
“In addition, WEAC shifted $100,000 to the union-funded get-out-the-vote effort run by We Are Wisconsin. This group is mounting a $2.8 million effort to drum up votes for Mary Burke and other Democrats.”
“Also of note in WEAC’s campaign finance report are donations to the radical left-wing groups One Wisconsin Now, Raise Wisconsin, and Voces de la Frontera Action.”
“WEAC donated $36,000 to One Wisconsin Now, a Madison-based left-wing group responsible for opposition research and messaging.”
“WEAC donated $50,000 to Raise Wisconsin, the union-backed group staging demonstrations and strikes to raise the minimum wage and unionize fast-food workers.”
“WEAC donated $3,000 to Voces de la Frontera Action, the Left-wing immigrant rights group that supports union-backed candidates and closely affiliated with the group that waged a multi-year boycott and strike at Palermo’s Pizza.”
I’ve heard from teachers in the past that tell me that they are not liberal and don’t support what their union does, especially politically, but they have no choice. In states that do not recognize right to work laws, teachers are required to join the union in order to get a job. In some states that are right to work, some school district officials are so liberal and union loyal that they give preferential treatment to union members over non-union members when it comes to hiring.
Like it or not, some teachers who are conservative, Republican and Christian are paying dues to a union that supports everything these teachers stand against. However, if they want to teach, they don’t have a choice.
Again, this is one of the many reasons that I hate unions and believe that every American has the right to work without being extorted into joining a union.