Sunday, May 22, 2011

Large Unions Cut Back Political Support

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Some of the largest labor unions in the United States are reportedly cutting back on national political donations.

The Washington Post reports that the AFL-CIO, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and others have curtailed support to the Democratic National Committee, "saying they are highly frustrated with the failure of Democrats to put up stronger resistance to Republican proposals opposed by labor."

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The Post reports that unions are shifting money and attention to focus more on political races at the state level, where several legislatures have targeted bargaining rights for state employees.

In this week's BW, Boise State professor Bob McCarl talks about unions and their strengths and weaknesses in the 21st century.

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