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Chapter II:

Unions and the Democratic Party


Policy: Labor

Democrats know better than to bite the Big Labor hand that feeds them

By Sean Higgins | 04/29/14 12:00 AM

Democrats know better than to bite the Big Labor hand that feeds them

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congressional support for major trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim countries.
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Policy: Labor

When unions use non-member dues to finance political activities

By Steven Malanga | 04/29/14 12:00 AM

When unions use non-member dues to finance political activities

A lawsuit making its way through federal court in California highlights just how much unions use their right to collect “agency fees” from nonmembers to fund political activities.
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Chart: Union political spending from 1989 to 2013

Click on the chart to see how union political spending has increased in recent years

Graphic: Top 20 labor-backed members of the House of Representatives

Click on the chart to see which members of the House got the most money from organized labor in the 2012 election cycle

Out Of Touch With America: Are Unions Obsolete?


Series credits

Written by

Sean Higgins

Senior Writer
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Edited by

Charles Hoskinson

Deputy Opinion Editor
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Graphics by

Chris Henderson

Designer
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