Labor Unions Get Some Very Bad News
Article from the Washington Free Beacon by Bill McMorris.
The largest public-sector unions in the country may lose up to 400,000 fee payers after the Supreme Court declared mandatory payments unconstitutional. The decision could cut into the coffers of the Democratic Party.
On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled that government agencies could no longer require workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The 5-4 ruling, which overturned the 1977 Abood precedent allowing unions to charge “fair share fees” to all workers, including nonmembers, could deal a devastating blow to the coffers of unions. The ruling gives agency fee payers—those who pay partial dues supposed to cover expenses like grievances and collective bargaining rather than political activities—the ability to halt all payments to unions. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), National Education Association (NEA), and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) represent millions of government employees at the state and local level, as well as about 400,000 agency fee payers, though not all of them are directly affected by the decision, according to 2017 federal labor filings.
Todd Lyon, a management-side attorney with Fisher Phillips, has represented several employers engaged in negotiations with public-sector unions. He expects the loss of revenue from agency fee payments to take a toll, with major cuts coming to payroll, political lobbying, and campaign spending.
“The ruling will decrease the funds available for unions, so we’ll see a rash of layoffs within the unions themselves. Thats going to lead to a decrease in the advocacy,” Lyon said. “There’s going to be a decrease in the political activity.”
Read the entire article at the Washington Free Beacon.
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If you did not want to be in the union you should not have to pay them. I’m not sure where the unions ever got the idea someone had to pay them dues if they we not willing to join the union.
It is called a shake down in the criminal world. Paying to be protected by the group who will hurt you.
Unions should have been replaced by private legal negotiation firms not politically linked. If people want to be represented as a group they can do it without thugs taking your property and using it to hurt you.
Hooray!!! The unions closed loop of extracting fees from government workers to pay the politicians to raise government workers’ salaries will now be broken!
This took way too long. Now maybe some of the lazy worthless libs will have to get a real job rather then steal others money. Now it’s time to go after the teachers unions
I do believe this decision does cover teacher’s unions, the article did make mention of NEA and AFT. It will pay you dividends if, in the future, you actually fully READ the article rather than just the headline.