For all the union blather about “fairness,” the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., is doing quite well, using money from the rank and file to pay its officers and employees on average $89,328 in fiscal year 2014.
In all, that’s $35 million in compensation for three officers and 391 employees, The Daily Signal reports.
About half of all U.S. states, including Pennsylvania, allow public-sector union contracts that require mandatory dues as a condition of employment. And to sweeten the pot, many states use taxpayer resources to deduct union fees from public employees’ pay.
But two states, Wisconsin and Michigan, have stood up against doing the unions’ scut work. They have reformed the rules to allow workers the choice to opt out of this money grubbing.
The upshot is hardly surprising. Since Wisconsin’s collective bargaining reforms, more than 100,000 union members have abandoned Big Labor, according to Townhall.com. “Now we know exactly what the Left was so scared of: government workers having a choice about whether they are represented by a union,” writes Matt Batzel for Townhall.
Yet AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (paid $322,131 in the 2014 fiscal year) insists “the system is rigged” in favor of CEOs.
Big Labor has signaled where its loyalty lies and it’s not with workers. Forced union membership, along with union dues, are relics that deserve to be relegated to history.