Supreme Court Rules Against Unions Mandatory Fees: "Big Loss For Coffers Of Democrats"

In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday, The Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions for state and local employees can't force non-members to pay a "fair-share" union fee.

As The Hill details, SCOTUS ruled that the extraction of agency fees from non-consenting public sector employees violates the First Amendment.

The case centers on an Illinois law, similar to those in 22 other states, that allow public-sector unions to collect a “fair-share fee” from employees for non-political activities like collective bargaining, regardless of whether those employees belong to the union or not.

Mark Janus, a state child support specialist at the center of the case, argued against having to give up about $45 from each paycheck to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. Doing so, he said, violates his First Amendment rights because it forces him to support the union’s messaging.

The union, AFSCME, argues it needs the “fair-share” funds to offset the significant costs it incurs negotiating working conditions for all employees. State laws allowing unions to collect these fees are justified, the union said, to avoid a situation where nonunion members get a "free ride."

A group of 15 public sector unions, warned the court in a friend of the court brief that eliminating fair-share fees would eviscerate public sector unions, depriving them of resources they need to perform their essential public functions.

“The elimination of fair-share fees would create an all-or-nothing choice for the workers whom unions represent: pay union dues or pay nothing but still receive the benefits a union provides,” they wrote.

“In that world, many rational employees will choose to become free riders.”

President Trump seems pleased with the court's verdict, noting that this is "big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!"

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FireBrander Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:15 Permalink

FANTASTIC!

Raze unions to dust!

OUTLAW THEM!

I don't need a union!

I have to go now...I work for Bezos and I emailed him explaining that I'm an integral part of the business, and I deserve far more than I'm being paid....with $166,600,000,000 in his pockets, I'm sure he'll open his wallet and improve my financial situation.

I can't wait to read his reply! :)

JimmyJones Joe Davola Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:33 Permalink

Im all for Unions, What I am not for is their forced support of their members for a party, the Dems that do nothing to help the Union members, Illegals are the number one competitor to union workers, their labor is about 1/4 of the cost.  How can they compete with that. If the Union leaders gave a crap they would be one of the loudest anti-illegal immigration voices out there yet the leadership is silent. 

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ThinkerNotEmoter nmewn Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:52 Permalink

Always easier to raise money for your "cause" when you are allowed to threaten people at the point of a gun (gubmint) or loss of their jobs (unions).

Let the unions - most of which are filled with wealthy GUBMINT employees - get funding becasue people actually WANT to give money to them fior services that the WANT.

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Nature_Boy_Wooooo JimmyJones Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:49 Permalink

When I worked for a private sector union we didn't work on one single job that was not funded with tax payer money. Nobody hires private sector union tradesmen at their ridiculous rate.

 

The Democrats funnel tax payer money through labor rackets to the unions in exchange for their voting support. Illegal immigrants don't get these government contracts....... illegal immigrants compete for work with the non union peasants.

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Chris2 Retarded Idiot Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:09 Permalink

Justice Kagan reported to be furious over decision.

The Supreme Court was deadlocked 4-4 on this case after Justice Scalia passed away; Neil Gorsuch delivered to final blow Wednesday with the deciding vote.

This is a major win for the 1st Amendment, however, Obama-appointed Justice Elena Kagan says the court’s conservative majority “weaponized the First Amendment.”

Keyword is "force" totalitarian Dems are control freaks, they own you and your wallet.

Winning!

I told ya the left is going to be destroyed before this is all over.

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Jethro Nature_Boy_Wooooo Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:09 Permalink

Yeah, it's a government sanctioned racket.  Private sector unions will eventually fade away with the change in the market.  Personally, I would not hire a union worker because of the fucking hassle.  "You want how much money to sit on your ass?" No.  I will find a competent tradesman, that goes to work when he gets onsite.  That being said, I won't hire illegals either.  

People are spoiled now.  Most get a profession and think, "that's it.  I've arrived.  Pay me!" Few diversify and stay relavent.

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slyder wood Nature_Boy_Wooooo Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:53 Permalink

Don’t know why you had to bring illegals into all this, BUT, one, they’re illegal, two, they most likely spawned an anchor kid who automatically is entitled to Medicaid, WIC, and other social programs, and thirdly, they drive down wages for other “non union peasants”. I used to work both Union and non union trades back in the 80s before mestizos took it over. The non union construction trades pay not much more than they did in the 80s.

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pops JimmyJones Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:56 Permalink

If your union is a good idea, it won't need a closed shop environment.  Closed shop is a natural breeding ground for corruption.  If your good will is not needed....fuck you.  Union officials play golf with management for payola and captive union members can suck an egg or find another job if they don't like it.  That stinks to high heaven.

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Blankenstein pops Wed, 06/27/2018 - 18:40 Permalink

Lots of embezzlement and fraud too

"U.S. Department of Labor documents obtained by the Free Press show embezzlement from hundreds of union offices nationwide over the past decade. In just the past two years, more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance, the records show."

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/01/07/union-theft-embezzlem…

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DocBerg JimmyJones Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:05 Permalink

I once had to contribute to a public union. I was a lowly adjunct instructor at a state university, and many years ago, the instructors voted for a union. And of course, in the Peoples Republic of Illinois, their vote stood forever, and there was little that any of us who were hired later on could do about it. One of my bosses tried to give me a merit raise, and I had to sign at least 3 contracts until my pay was lowered enough to match the union's collective bargaining agreement. So, why was I forced to pay them to negotiate for me? Now the entire faculty is unionized, and those fools think that they will be safe and in fat city from now on. There is no way that this state can afford all of its state universities, and a few years ago the General Assembly was looking into closing some, perhaps merging some, or just have them concentrate on what they do best. Faculty unions will run into a fatal collision with fiscal reality.

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True Blue JimmyJones Wed, 06/27/2018 - 15:05 Permalink

Their leadership isn't silent, they push and push hard for open borders. SEIU in particular. Remember, many of these 'unions' are international by name and by definition.

That said, 'public sector unions' are the absolute enemy of the taxpayer, conspiring with other public sector employees to steal what other people earned. Public sector unions like the  "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees" should be outlawed as a conspiracy against the taxpayer.

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