Buying Anti-Competitive Protection

Here is a perfect example of why I would never join a labor union:

Leaders of the AFL-CIO pledged yesterday to consult more widely with workers before making a decision about endorsing a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and strongly urged individual unions not to back any candidate until later in the fall.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, outlined the evaluation process at a news conference in Las Vegas.

“The breadth and depth of our effort to engage union members and their families in the 2008 presidential endorsement process will be unparalleled,” Sweeney said.

He means the 2008 Democratic president endorsement process, of course. What about those union members who wouldn’t vote for a Democrat? If they would vote Democrat, what about those who support a different candidate? Too bad, I guess, except their money is compelled. That’s obscene.