Corporations are not the only organizations now able to spend unlimited money on political broadcasts—money that can be spent anonymously. Labor unions can do the same. According to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, unions and corporations are “associations of individuals” who have free speech rights, just like you and I have. (Scroll down on the right for links to our earlier stories in this series.)
So far this week we’ve taken this line of argument to the next logical step: corporations as political candidates for office. Today, let’s consider unions as political candidates. Unions have a lot going for them. They have a large base of support and their leaders are elected by the membership. They’re pros at organizing. They also know all about strikes and sit-downs and, I bet, would be great at filibusters
Which one would you rather have as a candidate for high office: the NEA or the UAW?
The NEA is the largest labor union in the United States. Founded in 1857, it now has 3.2 million members. Education is its highest priority, obviously—which makes education the main plank in its political platform. The UAW was founded in 1935, and while its heyday is past, it still has 350,000 active members in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Consider these questions as you “Comment” below
If you had to pick, would you choose NEA or UAW?
Here’s a bigger question: Would you rather have a corporation or a labor union running the country? Which would be better for America?