Supreme Court deals blow to unions, rules against forced fees for government workers

Credit: California Review


This is a big win for those of us who love liberty, economic liberty particularly, justice, and for those who despise the coerced extraction of dues by unions.

Often much of the money that was taken by unions, by force, was then funneled right back to pro-public union politicians. These politicians then, surprise surprise, tended to layer ever more cost onto the backs of tax payers.

An important win for free people and for taxpayers.

(From Fox News)

In a major legal and political defeat for big labor, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that state government workers cannot be forced to pay so-called “fair share” fees to support collective bargaining and other union activities.

The conservative majority said a union’s contract negotiations over pay and benefits were inextricably linked with its broader political activities, and concluded workers had a limited constitutional right not to underwrite such “speech.” The case specifically examined union fees paid by non-members.

“This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue,” Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “Neither an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a non-member’s wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay.”

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