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  •  can non-union people contribute to unions? (2+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, LordMike

    are there any regulations against organizing to directly contribute to union political lobbying funds? either nationally or state by state? or specific unions? i know i would be willing.

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    by marzook on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 04:29:14 PM PST

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    •  AFAIK, unions can accept contributions (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, notrouble

      from anyone, member or not. However, it might be worth while to check out whether there is a particular PAC associated with a union/group of unions to which you'd like to contribute. Unions can and do engage in political organizing, but their funds to do so are somewhat limited--I'm not sure whether a direct contribution would be able to help.

      The difference between the amount of dues that a full member pays to the union which represents them, and the amount of agency fees that a worker covered by the collective bargaining agreement pays to the union if they are not a full member, is generally the amount that the union spends on political activism, and not on contract administration (including staffing and bargaining costs). Typically, the difference between dues and agency fees is not all that great, which indicates that not a lot of money is in fact collected and designated for political activism.

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      by peregrine kate on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:15:22 PM PST

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