SEIU, the nation's second-largest union (at almost twice its membership, the NEA is in first place - who'd have thought?) - in view of the "Trump threat" is slashing its budget 30%.
“Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” SEIU President Mary Kay Henry wrote in an internal memo dated December 14. “These threats require us to make tough decisions that allow us to resist these attacks and to fight forward despite dramatically reduced resources.” After citing the need to “dramatically re-think” how to implement the union’s strategy, Henry’s all-staff letter announces SEIU “must plan for a 30% reduction” in the international union's budget by January 1, 2018, including a 10 percent cut effective at the start of 2017.
You'd expect the SEIU to increase its spending if it is to ward off Trump and his evil madmen, not slither back under its rock, so what gives? Does it expect less funding surreptitiously slipped to it by its government allies, or does it see having to increase its own bribes to those same people?
The most optimistic interpretation is that the union envisions "right-to-work"laws sweeping the country, and fears that hundreds of thousands of its captive members will escape, thus depriving it of funds.
Whatever the reason, I'll take it as good news, but I wonder where the money's going.