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SCOTUS Rules Against Union Election Spending

From a shocked and dismayed Associated Press:

Supreme Court Rules Against Labor Unions in Lawsuit Challenging Use of Worker Fees

Mark Sherman
June 14, 2007

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…

The case involved a few thousand teachers and other education employees who are in the bargaining unit and thus represented by the more than 70,000-member Washington Education Association — but who have chosen not to join the union.

Scalia said the state has given the union an extraordinary benefit, allowing it to collect money from workers who are not union members. “The notion that this modest limitation upon an extraordinary benefit violates the First Amendment is, to say the least, counterintuitive,” he said.

The fees average $700 a year, union President Charles Hasse said. About 75 percent of the total goes to the costs of collective bargaining. Of the remaining 25 percent, just $10 to $25 a year is covered by the state law that the union has challenged…

It’s amazing that such a sensible and long-overdue ruling should be unanimous. And of course it should apply beyond the public employee unions.

But wait until you hear the caterwauling from the left.

Coerced union dues is one of the biggest founts of the DNC’s money.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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