Here in California the state lottery was passed into law to provide funding only for education. But the SEIU is spending s lot of money to pass a ballot initiate that would 'borrow' the education money to keep more union members in their jobs. Warner Todd Huston did a story on it on Stop the ACLU. Here are a couple of quotes:
The California State lottery is apparently in the purview of the state’s employees union, the Service Employees International Union. At least it is as far as the SEIU is concerned. Proving once again that unions think everything in the world is their business, the California SEIU has donated $300,000 to Proposition 1C, a ridiculous plan that would empower the state capitol at Sacramento to “borrow” up to $5 billion from state lottery coffers.
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So, why does this union think it has any say in what goes on with the CA lottery? Are there jobs involved? Is there work rules or state laws concerning such things involved? Nope. It’s all just a giant money grab by the unions that want to take that state money for its own members.
But here is the main point I’m making: unions have metastasized from worrying about employees and their places of work into political policy-makers. Yet, they are not elected officials. They are not answerable to the voters nor, as far as they are concerned, the law. Yet here they are with pockets filled with billions of dollars of forced dues extorted from their membership, spending that money on causes that are only at best tangentially involved with workers.