We must remember some things here about the big unions that have the big money and big political clout:
- Big unions are NOT run by or staffed by workers. Small, in-house unions may be made up entirely of workers who work side-by-side with the people they represent, but the big unions are independent businesses whose cash flows are dependent on skimming dues money off the wages of workers.
- Big union employees, particularly union bosses, typically earn a great deal more than the workers in the industries they claim to represent, but who they actually steal from to further their own agendas.
- Big unions oppose Right to Work laws, not because these laws harm workers, but because they allow workers the right to stop paying dues to unions that do not represent them.
- Big unions donate enormous amounts of money to the Democratic Party and to Democrat politicians; in return, they expect these legislators to promote laws that benefit union agendas. Among these are Right to Work laws, which they vehemently oppose.
- Big unions are primarily concerned with lining their own pockets with union dues. They do not care if their negotiations or the laws they push for cause the loss of jobs overall.
- In my own community, teachers begged their union to drop its demand for a pay increase that was going to force the strapped district to lay off non-unionized classroom assistants. The union refused. The teachers got their raises and the union got more dues money, but non-unionized workers lost their jobs completely and the kids they had served lost the help those assistants could have provided.