Being a member of a union is a wonderful thing. As a member of CWA for over 30 years, I realized fair wages for my hard work, health care and a pension/401k matched by my company. My seniority was rewarded with adequate pay raises, and my job was protected when surplus conditions were finally prevalent due to automation and robot technology. That said, I never ever thought that my dues should be tax deductible. It never occurred to me. I don't think that it is a necessity. If you belong to a union that fights for your right to a job with security, be grateful. Your pay, with benefits, is the best thing that could happen to you. And that said, what I think is a travesty is that people who would never need a tax deduction are rewarded with a tax break that was never asked for to begin with.