They’re in it for the power. And they’re in it for the politics.
From 1989 to 2009, unions donated nearly $500 million to politicians and candidates. Ninety percent of that went to Democrats.
Unions donated more money to candidates than the telecommunications, insurance, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and real estate industries combined.
I don’t begrudge unions their right to join together to spend their money to influence the political process.
I do think that they shouldn’t pretend they’re working on behalf of their members; they’re interested in advancing political issues. If they were truly interested in helping their members, they’d try more to influence politicians regardless of their political views.
The tobacco, oil, and pharmaceuticals give 75% of their donations to Republicans; that’s lopsided, but not as lopsided as union donations.
The problem is that the unions aren’t honest, not that they’re politically active.
I might disagree with their goals, but they’re free to spend as much money politicking as they care too.