Opening the Forced-Dues Spigots

The embattled government workers’ union, AFSCME, elected its Secretary-Treasurer, Lee Saunders, as its next union boss after a bitter election that focused in part on whether the union should play aggressively in presidential politics.  

BuzzFeed reports that Saunder’s rival, Danny Donohue of New York’s CSEA, had suggested refocusing the union’s resources away from federal elections. Saunders, by contrast, is an avid Obama supporter who is “even more firm” about backing the president than the retiring incumbent, Gerald McEntee.

In order words, the AFSCME intends to spend even more of its forced-union dues coffers to elect President Obama.  

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