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How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics
Written by: Linda Chavez, Daniel Gray
Narrated by: Linda Chavez
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins

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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 that each year bring 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

All of us foot the bill for this corrupt system. Now it's up to us to do something about it.

©2004 Linda Chavez and Daniel Gray (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Michael Carrato
  • 28-02-05

Fascinating -- but get the abridged version

This book is a fascinating look at corruption in labor unions, and the way that labor's leadership is able to use mandatory union dues to maintain power and exert political influence. Some of the examples given are downright terrifying (e.g. the terrorist acts done in the name of labor solidarity during the New York Daily News strike). The fact that labor is willing to do these things is bad enough... but then the media and politicians "look the other way" in an effort to "not take sides". Scary stuff.

The only complaint is that I wish the book were less partisan in its approach. Of course, any book criticising labor will be critical of the Democrats who support labor. But at times it goes overboard with its Democrat-bashing. The material works just fine on its own, and it would be a more powerful statement if it were less partisan.

One other note: the unabridged version is extremely repetitive at times. Some points are repeated over and over again throughout the book. It's almost as if the book is a loose collection of essays with overlapping themes. It could definitely use a comprehensive edit. I'd get the abridged version over this one.

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