Skip to comments.Despite Janus Ruling, Some Unions Still Forcing Public Workers to Pay Annual Dues
Posted on 11/16/2018 6:13:33 AM PST by george76
In California, new lawsuits aim to make unions respect the Supreme Court's authority.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision from June in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was clear: Public employees no longer are required to pay union dues, even for collective-bargaining purposes. This was no technical or ambiguous point. The court declared it an infringement of the First Amendment when the government forces workers to financially support organizations that they don't want to support.
Case settled, right? Not entirely. Public-sector unions, especially in California, aren't used to finding themselves on the losing end of a public-policy battle. .. some of the state's unions successfully lobbied the Democratic-controlled Legislature to pass laws designed to undermine the expected decision in that case, which involved an Illinois social-worker who didn't want to pay dues to his local AFSCME union.
For instance, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that gives unions on-the-job access to California public employees, where union organizers can provide "orientations" touting the benefits of union membership. Unions also have been sending public employees contracts that include "trap language." In essence, the public employees were given contracts that essentially signed away any post-Janus rights. In signing the contracts, they are trapped into paying dues even though the high court said they no longer were required to do so.
We're already seeing the fruits of these anti-Janus activities. In order to circumvent the decision, some California union leaders now are telling their members that they can resign their membership but that those contracts they signed require them to continue paying the union at the same rate. Some of the unions are calling this a service fee, but they can call it whatever they choose: It undermines the clear words, intent and spirit of Janus.
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There is no longer ANY rule of law...........
If it does NOT help the cause of the left—it does not exist.
Just ignore any laws you dont like. Weve become a totally lawless society. Immigration, elections, campaign finance, taxes for big foundations like the Clinton innitiave to steal from America, Congress stealing us blind.
The unions are just like the rest of the Democrats. They pick and choose which laws they obey.
The National Education Association (NEA) are some of the worst offenders.
Mrs. L wanted to drop out based on Janus and was told that she could not because the collective bargaining agreement (which allegedly trumps the SCOTUS) only allows departure from the unit within 14 days of the beginning/end of the contract.
The Alliance Defense Fund and other pro bono legal groups verified that we are SOL.
There is only one rule of law remaining:
CONTRACTS negotiated with UNIONS.
They will do it until someone slaps them on the hand.
Then they will do it again.
Sounds like a class action lawsuit on the horizon.
Interesting how liberals run to the courts to force quasi-legal rulings on the rest of us, but when they lose in court, they just ignore it or use their standard delay, delay, delay (”We’re working on it. It will take time to sort this all out...”)
“Just ignore any laws you dont like.”
Like the ones against shooting arrogant union bosses?
That’s what you get for trusting the union.
You get the same kind of result when you believe socialists.
I don’t dispute any of your post, but I’m wondering if the Union was required to give timely notice that members had an opt out period.
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