Here in Ohio this is a hot topic. SB 5 eliminates collective bargaining for public workers and issue 2 to overturn this is now on the ballot for this fall. This got me to thinking, what is the real purpose of public unions? Isn't it a conflict of interest to accept union dues (taxpayer dollars) and then redistribute these taxpayer dollars into campaigns to help elect the politicians who are then supposed to represent taxpayers in negotiations with those same unions? Private unions essentially killed manufacturing in the US.