Skip to comments.Supreme Court deals blow to public-sector unions, ruling against 'fair-share' fees
Posted on 06/27/2018 7:11:40 AM PDT by jazusamo
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that pubic sector unions for state and local employees cant force non-members to pay a fair-share union fee.
In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday, the court said the extraction of agency fees from non-consenting public sector employees violates the First Amendment.
The case centers on an Illinois law, similar to those in 22 other states, that allow public-sector unions to collect a fair-share fee from employees for non-political activities like collective bargaining, regardless of whether those employees belong to the union or not. Mark Janus, a state child support specialist at the center of the case, argued against having to give up about $45 from each paycheck to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. Doing so, he said, violates his First Amendment rights because it forces him to support the unions messaging.
The union, AFSCME, argues it needs the fair-share funds to offset the significant costs it incurs negotiating working conditions for all employees. State laws allowing unions to collect these fees are justified, the union said, to avoid a situation where nonunion members get a "free ride."
A group of 15 public sector unions, warned the court in a friend of the court brief that eliminating fair-share fees would eviscerate public sector unions, depriving them of resources they need to perform their essential public functions.
The elimination of fair-share fees would create an all-or-nothing choice for the workers whom unions represent: pay union dues or pay nothing but still receive the benefits a union provides, they wrote.
In that world, many rational employees will choose to become free riders.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
That’s a bomb dropped directly on the Democratic Party and their union owners.
Yeah....that's kinda the idea. Lefties may be dumb, but they're not stupid.
All this winning... OMG I’m tired...
please pass the winnamins...!
A group of 15 public sector unions, warned the court in a friend of the court brief that eliminating fair-share fees would eviscerate public sector unions,
Let us most fervently hope it does.
Works for me.
They should be abolished.
This is HUGE! some States are run by public employee unions. This is WINNING BIGLY!
Now just outlaw them and undo another dimbulb Kennedy decision.
Erase their history as well. Except for the bad parts where their dad was a Hitler cheerleader.
What really baffles me is how the '4' that supported the unions justify their stance? Have they never read (or been read - in the case of the [so-called] "wise" latina) The Constitution???
“depriving them of resources they need to perform their essential public functions”
Translation....depriving the DNC of a huge slush fund.
“””””depriving them of resources they need to perform their essential public functions.””””
And which public functions would those be?????
Funny, that's what they stand for and now they act surprised?? Just like when Democrat Socialist candidates win primaries over White males after the party embraces radical socialism and diversity?
In that world, many rational employees will choose to become free ride.”
Can’t have a bunch of people coming in and not paying into the system. Unless they sneak in across the border of course.
Its a small step. Public sector unions should not even exist.
” how the ‘4’ that supported the unions justify their stance?”
it’s not legal it’s political
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