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Supreme Court Ruling on Unions to Drain Liberal Money Sources

For years, unions collected dues from non-members and used that money to prop up Democrats. Last week, the Supreme Court said no more.

By NTK Staff | 07.02.2018 @11:18am
Supreme Court Ruling on Unions to Drain Liberal Money Sources

A 5-4 Supreme Court decision handed down last week is changing how liberal groups raise and spend money on Democratic candidates.

In Janus v. AFSCME, a majority of justices “ruled that requiring nonmembers to make union payments violated their First Amendment rights, since much of what unions do could be considered political activity at odds with their beliefs.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, labor unions could lose up to 400,000 contributors. The New York Times estimates the loss in revenue for those labor unions to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

The president of one of the largest unions in the country, the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), said the organization cut its budget by 30 percent in anticipation of the Janus decision. And the SEIU is no longer supporting organizations like it once did:

A group called Mi Familia Vota, which advocates on behalf of Latino voters and immigrants, had received about $1 million a year directly from the Service Employees International Union since 2012 — a significant portion of its annual revenue, which has ranged from about $1.5 million to $5 million during that time.

Last year, the union gave just $25,000.

On top of losing the non-members’ dues, unions have been bleeding members for decades. About 43 percent of the votes cast in Michigan in the 2000 presidential election were from union households. In the 2016 election, that percentage dropped to 28 percent.

That kind of decline is far more detrimental to unions’ standing on the national stage than just losing non-member dues, but coupled together, it could spell real trouble for these organizations’ abilities to impact elections.

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