Today’s union bosses have watched as the percentage of the unionized workforce has shrunk to near historic levels.
Rather than putting money into organizing new members, many unions have turned more toward a political solution to fix their problem.
Just as unions are dependent on politicians to ensure their continuity into the future, many politicians are entirely dependent on unions to ensure their ability to win elections.
For example, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR), during the 2018 mid-term election cycle, union spending exceeded $2 billion --even more than on the 2016 presidential election.
This is similar to another study that was conducted by the Center for Union Facts that found that government unions have donated nearly $1.5 billion to the Democratic Party.
Several years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that unions spend about "four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought."
For unions, the payoff to getting politicians elected is simple: Politicians who are beholden to big union bosses are more likely to pass laws to benefit unions...like the "PRO Act."