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Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politicsby Linda Chavez
Synopses & Reviews
“Simply put, the leftist labor unions have the Democrats in their pockets. And we’re all paying the price.”
Linda Chavez, President George W. Bush’s original choice for Secretary of Labor and a former union official, is one of the foremost authorities on America’s labor unions. Now, in the explosive new book Betrayal, she and fellow union expert Daniel Gray expose the corrupt bargain between the labor movement and the Democratic Party.
Committed to a far-left political agenda—and to enhancing their own power—union bosses funnel at least half a billion dollars into Democratic coffers every year. And they do it, illegally, by using dues money that workers are forced to pay as a condition of their employment—dues money that each year brings the unions $17 billion, all of it tax-free.
What do labor bosses get in return? The power to call the shots in Democratic campaigns and on party policy, extraordinary influence at all levels of government, billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal grants, and special legal privileges that leave them free to act as they please, no matter the consequences for the American people. The cycle of corruption is seemingly endless.
Chavez and Gray name names, exposing the many politicians who are in Big Labor’s pocket—including the leading lights of the Democratic Party. Betrayal also reveals:
• Big Labor’s all-out efforts in the 2004 election, including how just one local union has launched a $35-million campaign to unseat President Bush
• How corrupt union officials use members’ hard-earned money to fund lavish lifestyles—and how their Democratic supporters let them get away with it
• How unions flout the law by failing to report any of their political spending to the IRS
• How a government report uncovered the Democrats’ sellout to Big Labor—but how the unions and the Democrats sued to keep the report from going public
• How the U.S. government lets unions practice legalized terrorism against American citizens
• How public-employee unions extort concessions from the government and put Americans at risk by refusing to provide vital services like policing and firefighting
• How Americans now live under a system of legal apartheid—one set of rules for labor bosses, another for the rest of us
All of us foot the bill for this corrupt system. Now it’s up to us to do something about it.
"America's labor unions pour money into the Democratic Party in pursuit of a 'socialist,' big government political agenda and have abandoned their mission of collective bargaining, contend Fox pundit Chavez (An Unlikely Conservative) and Gray, a consultant for Stop Union Political Abuse. What makes this worse than corporate bosses funding Republicans, they note, is that labor's pelf comes from the 'forced dues' of workers who don't individually consent to union political donations. Chavez, a former union official and Bush labor secretary nominee, and Gray, a former National Right to Work Committee official, make some charges stick. They show that unions do give a lot of money to, and wield a lot of clout with, Democrats, with the usual problems of corruption and favoritism that big money special-interest politics entails. But by the authors' own accounting, unions spend less than 5% of their money on politics — a percentage that, they concede, workers can get refunded from their dues, albeit with some difficulty. And when Chavez and Gray show unions sticking to winning better pay, better benefits and lighter workloads for their members, they damn them for bankrupting companies and driving jobs abroad. At that point, the book's critique of unions' excesses shades into a one-sided attack on their very existence. Agent, Eric Simonoff. (On sale June 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
LINDA CHAVEZ is a FOX News political analyst, a syndicated columnist, and the host of a syndicated talk-radio program. A former labor union official, she was President George W. Bush’s original nominee for Secretary of Labor, though she withdrew her name from consideration. She is now president of the nonprofit grassroots organization Stop Union Political Abuse. Chavez is the author of two other books, An Unlikely Conservative and Out of the Barrio.
DANIEL GRAY, a writer living in Washington, D.C., is a former director of communication for the National Right to Work Committee. He has done work for numerous political organizations and candidates.
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