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Hidden union kleptocracy

Melvin B. Miller

Whenever an organization has nonprofit status, the public seems to assume that its objective is to benefit the people. For that reason, it is expected that political liberals would support trade unions, even without considerable assurance of the moral clarity of their expenditures. A recent New York Times report on the federal investigation of the United Automobile Workers union suggests that the public should not be so blindly forgiving.

Trade unions are supported by the dues paid by members. One expects that union officials would be economical with the union funds produced by the sweat of the workers’ brows. However, between August of 2014 and June of 2017, UAW officials spent more than $1 million of union funds for fancy meals and for the rental of villas in a Palm Springs, California resort. Union officials burned up UAW funds in the cost of expensive cigars.

Clearly, the vice of human greed is not restricted to corporate officials. The comfort of the well-financed lifestyle is generally attractive. Many people will sell their souls to be able to live in comfort. Armed with an awareness of this human flaw, the working class is forced to spend the time and energy to protect themselves from the unbridled avarice of others.

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