I had never wanted to be a union member until the other day when I drove past the striking Boeing workers. They had a giant "scab of the month" banner naming one of their co-workers who, and this is shocking, decided to keep working to support himself. I want my name on a banner like that.
For a long time I've thought that if you wanted to do something positive for taxpayers, gun owners, property owners, unborn babies and children the best thing you could do in Oregon was weaken the unions. Kari Chisholm (who hates black people, I keep saying it so it must be true) really proved my point:
You can't be a progressive unless you're pro-labor
The good folks of organized labor are the only people putting substantial and sustained resources into fighting for progressive policies.
If we didn't have organized labor fighting for progressive policies and Democratic candidates, we'd have lost the battle long, long ago.
But to point out that unions are not always self serving, Chisholm does note that unions actively work to elect people who will screw them:
If we get universal health care in this country, it's highly likely that individual union members will pay more and get less than they get under their current negotiated contracts.
And yet, everywhere you turn, it's organized labor that's leading the grassroots fight for universal health care.
Keep that in mind when you vote on your ballot measures that deal with unions and the public money they use to campaign for socialism.