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0 comments | October 17, 2006 | 9:35 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

The Center for Union Facts executive director Rick Berman has a guest commentary in the Seattle P-I: High court to weigh in on union political giving.

Even the union members who share their leaders' electoral preferences prefer to have personal control over their political money. A 2004 Zogby poll found that 61 percent of unionized employees support "paycheck protection" laws like Initiative 134. If Washington's example is any indication (teacher "participation" in union giving dropped 86 percent after Initiative 134 became law), even more than that will take advantage of it.

Needless to say, union bosses will happily spend their members' compulsory dues fighting to keep those dues compulsory. In March the Washington Supreme Court overturned paycheck protection -- at the expense of teachers and the will of the electorate -- but its federal cousin may soon uphold once and for all workers' rights to abstain from union political giving.

The commentary seems to have upset the folks at the Washington State Labor Council, judging from their vitriolic response.

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