At the beginning and for many years, labor or trade unions served a vital role in providing a safer place for millions of workers to work, along with getting them healthcare benefits and better pay. For that, we are all grateful.
However, over the past few decades, many unions have become nothing more than Democrat run socialist organizations that strive to control every worker in as many industries as possible. In today’s America, there are too many states where unions control the labor force. In order to work in a variety of fields, one is forced to join a union and pay the monthly dues. No union membership – no job.
If that isn’t bad enough, many of the unions have openly supported Democratic candidates. During the 2012 presidential campaign season, there were several reports of unions requiring or paying their members to show up at Mitt Romney rallies and to disrupt those rallies. Many of these unions have also been donating tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of various Democratic campaigns. I’ve yet to hear of or see a report where a labor union donated funds to the campaign of a Republican especially Donald Trump.
It seems that many of these unions are now facing the inability to pay for their pension funds and Democrats are wanting to bail them out with YOUR tax dollars. How do you feel about this?
Rasmussen Reports asked likely voters the following 2 questions:
1* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of labor unions?
2* A number of trade union pension funds are now well short of the money they need to pay promised benefits. A proposal has been made to create a federal program to give billions of dollars in loans and direct cash help to these pension funds. Do you favor or oppose a taxpayer bailout of underfunded union pension funds?
How would you respond to the 2 questions above?
Here is what Rasmussen reported:
A number of trade union pension funds are now well short of the money they need to pay promised benefits. But most voters oppose legislation now working its way through Congress to siphon billions of dollars in loans and direct cash to these ailing funds.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose a taxpayer bailout of underfunded union pension funds. Just 26% support a pension bailout. A sizable 21% are undecided.
While Democrats are the overwhelming supporters of the union bailout legislation which has already passed the House of Representatives, only 36% of Democratic voters favor it. But that compares to just 17% of Republicans and 22% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of all voters have a favorable opinion of labors unions, a finding that has ranged from 44% to 58% in surveys since 2006. Thirty-five percent (35%) view unions unfavorably. This includes 21% with a Very Favorable opinion and 13% with a Very Unfavorable one.
Personally, I have a strong dislike for most labor unions today because of their overt political activity without any regard of how their members feel. My dislike for unions also stems from the fact that in a number of labor strikes, the union officials who call for the strike and tell the members to strike, still get paid while the workers go unpaid. I saw one case years ago where the strike lasted 9 months. In that case, most of the miners lost their homes, cars, filed bankruptcy and many of them ended up getting divorced and losing their families, while the union leaders continued to get paid, stay in their homes, keep their cars and families.
If unions cannot afford to keep their pension funds solvent, why are they giving so many dollars to the campaigns of Democrats? Seems to me that there is a mismanagement of funds and should be investigated.