Supreme Court Case Could Take Down Unions!

A U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with union fees could end a number of major unions that rely on forced dues to survive.

From The NY Post:

On Monday the US Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME. At issue are the constitutionality of laws in 22 states — including New York — that force public employees who do not want to belong to unions to pay unions “agency fees” for bargaining collectively on their behalf. The plaintiff — Illinois state worker Mark Janus — argues that agency fees violate his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association by compelling him to underwrite union political activity with which he disagrees.

If the court sides with Mr. Janus, it would spark the biggest change in government labor relations and state politics in New York since the passage of the Taylor Law in 1967, which first established ground rules for public employee unions.

Now, government unions in the state could lose 20 to 30 percent of their members and money.

Union strength would then reflect the workers who actually want its representation. The balance of power in state politics would shift.

The ability to collect agency fees has inflated the power of New York’s government unions. The unions argue that because all workers benefit from union representation, all workers should bear the costs. Following their logic the law allows public unions to set nonmember agency fees at nearly the same amount as union dues, which creates a strong incentive for most workers to join the union. Today, 67.4 percent of public employees in New York belong to unions, the highest rate in the country.

Membership translates into money. New York’s unions collect over $860 million a year from some 1 million government employees.

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Posted Saturday, February 24, 2018

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