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Supreme Court Saves Workers From Mandatory Union Dues

The court ruled that public sector unions could not require non-union workers to donate a portion of their paycheck to union political and collective bargaining activity.

By NTK Staff | 06.27.2018 @3:15pm
Supreme Court Saves Workers From Mandatory Union Dues

A 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, split along ideological lines, ruled Wednesday that public sector unions cannot require that non-union employees pay “agency fees” to those unions. It’s a huge blow to the power of public sector unions and a gigantic win for workers, who, up to this point, were forced to pay for services they did not request.

“States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “This procedure violates the First Amendment and cannot continue.”

Alito pointed out that the union and state do not seek the employees’ consent before deducting the union fees from their paychecks.

“Neither an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a nonmember’s wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay,” the Court ordered.

The Justices joining the majority argued that, despite prohibitions on using agency fees for any non-collective bargaining activity, unions continue to use non-member funds for political activity.

“[U]nions charge nonmembers, not just for the cost of collective bargaining per se, but also for many other supposedly connected activities,” Alito wrote. “Here, the nonmembers were told that they had to pay for ‘[l]obbying,’ ‘[s]ocial and recreational activities’ ‘advertising,’ ‘[m]embership meetings and conventions,’ and ‘litigation,’ as well as other unspecified ‘[s]ervices’ that ‘may ultimately inure to the benefit of the members of the local bargaining unit.'”

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