Looks like the SEIU is back to its old ways of using forcibly taken membership dues and converting them to PAC dollars — this time, using a little creative financing to apparently skirt campaign finance law. According to the WSJ:
The union adopted a new amendment to its constitution at last month’s
SEIU convention, requiring that every local contribute an amount equal
to $6 per member per year to the union’s national political action
committee. This is in addition to regular union dues. Unions that fail
to meet the requirement must contribute an amount in "local union
funds" equal to the "deficiency," plus a 50% penalty. According to an
SEIU union representative, this has always been policy, but has now
simply been formalized.
Remember, in many cases, employees are forced to pay administrative fees to the union whether they choose to join up or not. Thus, through this new provision, SEIU is able to take those union dues and convert them to political actions.