Government Union Reports Sharp Decline in Political Spending

Posted on January 22, 2020 2:00 am

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One of the country’s top labor unions cut its political spending in union stronghold Oregon after seeing dues drop by $2 million, according to its annual report.

Oregon’s Service Employees International Union (SEIU) chapter reported just $1.6 million in political activities and lobbying in its 2019 report, down over $500,000 from 2018. The decline in political spending reflects the union’s struggle to maintain its membership after the Supreme Court banned mandatory fees in the 2018 Janus decision. Dues fell by $2 million in the first year after the ruling.

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