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  • Supreme Court's conservatives appear set to strike down union fees on free-speech grounds

    02/08/2018 7:01:41 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 78 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/8/2018 | David G. Savage
    Paying union dues and baking a wedding cake may not seem like classic examples of free speech—except perhaps at the Supreme Court. This year, the high court is poised to announce its most significant expansion of the 1st Amendment since the Citizens United decision in 2010, which struck down laws that limited campaign spending by corporations, unions and the very wealthy.
  • Missing Scalia: 4-4 SCOTUS decision leaves mandatory union fees in place

    03/29/2016 1:34:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    A years-long process by California teachers to free themselves of the yoke of mandatory dues fees even when the teachers refused to join the unions came up one justice short at the Supreme Court. That justice, of course, was the late Antonin Scalia, who would have almost certainly chosen to affirm the First Amendment and property rights of the plaintiffs. Instead, a 4-4 split at the Supreme Court on Friedrichs v California Teachers Association has the impact of affirming the lower court ruling that kept the requirement to make those payments in place: BREAKING: Supreme Court "divided equally" in...
  • American Federation of Teachers union spends $37 million on politics

    10/06/2015 4:43:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jason Hart
    The 2015 American Federation of Teachers annual report shows a left-wing political machine humming on all cylinders — with teachers buying the gas. For the fiscal year ending June 30, the union reported $37.6 million in political activity and lobbying expenditures, a $12.7 million increase from the previous year. Even more political spending was tucked away elsewhere in AFT’s annual U.S. Department of Labor filing, reported as “Contributions, Gifts and Grants,” “General Overhead” or “Representational Activities.” AFT paid union president Randi Weingarten, one of the nation’s most prominent “progressive” activists, a total of $497,118. The union reported only 2 percent...
  • Right-to-work closer to ballot ( Colorado )

    04/10/2008 3:46:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies · 69+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 10, 2008 | Joanne Kelley
    Proponents deliver their petitions to the secretary of state a day early. A right-to-work ballot measure cleared another obstacle Wednesday as backers turned in almost twice as many signatures as needed to put the controversial issue on the ballot in November. Delivering nearly two dozen boxes of petitions a day ahead of schedule, supporters of the initiative sent a clear signal they intend to press ahead with their campaign to outlaw arrangements that require nonunion workers to pay union fees ... "This amendment will give Colorado workers the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not to join a union...
  • Unions Lose on Political Fee Issue (Supreme Court Ruling)

    06/14/2007 7:45:26 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 34 replies · 1,122+ views
    Houston Chronicle (AP) ^ | 6/14/2007 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON — States may force public sector labor unions to get consent from workers before using their fees for political activities, the Supreme Court said Thursday. The court unanimously upheld a Washington state law that applied to public employees who choose not to join the union that represents them in contract talks with state and local governments. The workers are compelled to pay the equivalent of union dues, a portion of which the union uses for political activities. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the court, said the law does not violate the union's First Amendment rights. But the state's Democratic...