Unions and political parties will often focus on social issues related to so called left or right extremes during election campaigns. Why? Because it takes voters away from the real issues at hand and the BIG government promises and entitlements established years ago. Then we hear the term lock boxes and reform Medicare and we expect these issues to get resolved, right? Maybe? Wrong? Why do you think we have career politicians in place? To make sure no new blood can arrive and make real change!
So who is the force behind status quo in Washington DC? Unions? Big corporations? Retirees? If you guessed all of the above you are correct! VetTheGov has focused on the Big business Big government connection and now will place the cherry on top called Unions.
Simply follow how Union dues influence political campaigns and it sums up why they get so heavily involved. If you look at the top campaign contributions by Union's over $96 Million and 94% going to Democrat candidates. If you are working for a unionized company and pay your dues what do you get in return? Here are 5 top reasons to join a Union from SEIU's website. Are you really receiving these benfits or are they fiction?
So the war becomes the Unions versus Big Business versus the government and what becomes so intriguing is all their money comes from the same place, you the taxpayer. In a previous story by VetTheGov it dug deeper into where your tax dollars fund both the public and private sectors, and yes now you must know they fund Unions. Here is the viscous circle once again: You pay taxes that support government, the government pays public employees, the public employees give to retirement accounts, the retirement accounts invest in big corporations, the public employees give to unions, the big corporations employees give to unions, and lot's of money (dues) head right back to politicians, legislation, and State ballot measures. The real challenge is how each sector tries to out manoeuvre the other when the unsustainable models they introduce and fund run out of money. Creates many headline news stories for sure!
Let's take a recent Sentinel story here in Grand Junction regarding School District 51 budget cuts. VetTheGov was unable to find any responses to the local cuts in District 51 from the Colorado Education Association Union. Where is the protection promised to the little guy and to our educators from CEA? Here is CEA's 2009 990 showing over $10 Million in received dues and how they were spent. $6.6 Million on payroll, $1.5 million on Uniserv, and almost $1 Million on travel. CEA shows no lobbying expenditures and $87,000.00 in their Educators for Public Education Fund. Note the fund received $20,000.00 in May 2010 but no contributions towards candidates that have demonstrated support for Colorado's children. So educators, did you know your dues weren't helping State elections? It states right on the benefits to belonging that you receive full time lobbyist and grassroots support for politicians that support the causes of public education. Might be time to start asking what you actually get for your Union dues! Tony Salazar holds the title of Executive Director and Lobbyist for the organization but shows only $500.00 monthly in compensation for his lobbyist duties which appear to be monitoring versus actual influence and only part-time. However his main function of spending over $10 Million in annual dues is well compensated!
Rest assured that until Union and Big corporation monies are removed from the political convincing media buys, true reform and change will just be another campaign promise by those looking for personal gain and the Unions are at the forefront! Stay tuned as VetTheGov begins looking into Retirees and the need to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Pensions and the money Retirees give to politicians to protect their Entitlements!