An interesting article was printed in the Washington Post titled, “Unions Making Presence Felt in Va.” Of course Virginia is a Right to Work State with just 4.1% unionization rate, but that may all change in the near future. Unions have infiltrated Virginia politics are it’s only a matter of time until they come collecting on their money.
- $50,000 from SEIU to Fairfax County Supervisor Sharon Bulova who was elected last month
- Significant resources to the hotly-contested campaign for governor
- $200,000 from the Laborers’ Political League Education Fund to the Virginia Democratic Party
- $100,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to the Virginia Democratic Party
- $205,000 from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to the Virginia Democratic Party
Republicans and business leaders are worried that such activity is an effort to repeal Virginia’s “right to work” laws where employees cannot be compelled to join their company’s union. Ironically, Democrats could face a backlash is they collect too much money said K. Clayton Roberts, executive director of the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education. “If a candidate appears to be bought and paid for by organized labor, that is a red flag for business.” Bought and paid for by organized labor – sounds like our current President!