Policy Documents

Dues and Deep Pockets: Public-Sector Unions’ Money Machine

Daniel DiSalvo –
February 1, 2012

Public-sector unions are vastly different than other interest groups because of laws granting them unique access to political privilege and money, writes Daniel DiSalvo in a report for the Manhattan Institute. Today’s debates about the role of these unions should include not just considerations for their influences on government pensions, worker bloat and inflexibility, and healthcare costs, but how unions affect political outcomes, as well. Unions’ special access to members and money is the source of their political power, and the subject of DiSalvo’s report.