Yesterday, hat tip Tony, I got this very interesting breakdown of how much the major unions throw into political campaigns. Top of the list, by far, is the public sector union AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) funded with your taxpayer dollars. Not far below on the list prepared by the Center for Responsive Politics* were the big (public sector) teachers unions: NEA and the American Federation of Teachers. Both contributed much more than the AFL-CIO did over the last 20 years.
AFSCME gave $40,281,900 to Democrat candidates and only $547,700 to Republicans.
Contrast those numbers to Trumka’s AFL-CIO $17,124,300 to Democrats and $713,500 to Republicans.
So, if money is power AFSCME has much more than Trumka’s AFL-CIO. And, no wonder that AFSCME put on such a show in Annapolis last week—-Maryland is about to force all state workers to pay into AFSCME. State workers paychecks will be docked for union dues beginning July 1.
So does Trumka stay close to the gravy train (AFSCME) in case AFSCME has some of your tax dollars to share or is Trumka the “enforcer.” Or both?
New readers: check out the Union Organizing category for more on union activities in Maryland.
* I couldn’t find this chart at the Center’s website, but did find it here.