Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that unions’ dues are nothing more than a “money-laundering operation.”
The conservative commentator was discussing Michigan’s passing of its Right-to-Work legislation. Its supporters — including mostly Republicans — say the law lets workers choose whether to join a union, and as a result pay union dues. Its critics — unions and most Democrats — say it’ll let non-union members reap the benefits of a union without joining one and limit unions’ bargaining power.
“The dues, ladies and gentlemen, are nothing more than a money-laundering operation,” Limbaugh said on his radio program, according to a show transcript. “That is all union dues are.”
He added: “It’s not about jobs. It isn’t about wages. It’s not about benefits. Those are the things that get all the attention. Those are the things that are said will be taken away from people with right to work, but that’s not at all what this is about.”