The death knell for unions? Supreme Court gets to decide

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February 9, 2018

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A $45 monthly fee could end up costing big labor billions. Public unions are getting nervous, while those who don’t like how they operate are claiming the free lunch may be over soon.

An explosive case regarding government employees and the First Amendment that the Supreme Court will hear on Feb. 26 could redefine the relationship between public unions and workers.

Petitioner Mark Janus works at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and didn’t like that a certain amount was deducted from his paycheck — he didn’t believe he should be forced to pay union dues or fees just to be allowed to work for the state. He didn’t agree with the 1.3 million-member AFSCME union’s politics, and so believed, under the First Amendment, he couldn’t be forced to contribute.

In his court filing, Janus quotes Thomas Jefferson, who said to “compel a man to furnish contribution of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical.”

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • WALTER FLATT says:

    I HAVE WORKED OUT OF UNIONS AND IN UNIONS. UNIONS HAS KILLED THEMSELVES BY ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TRY AND RUN A COMPANY. I HAVE DONE TWICE AS MUCH WORK DIGGING FOOTING FOR A CONCRETE POUR, THAN 2 OTHERS, I USED A SHOVEL AND A PICK, ONE HAD A SHOVEL AND THE OTHER A PICK, AND THEY GOT AWAY WITH IT. THE LARGEST RAILROAD SHOPS IN THE WORLD HERE IN MY TOWN WENT UNDER BECAUSE OF UNION STUPIDY. THEY ARE A SHADOW OF THEIR FORMER SELF. I HAVE MY ENGINEER LICENSES THAT COVER ALL PHASES OF WORK, AND THE UNION WOULD STOP ME FROM TAKING OFF A ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS, OR KEEP ME FROM TAKING OUT A P-PIPE IN A 567 DIESEL ENGIN SAYING IT WAS A PIPEFITTERS JOB. ONE CRAFT IS ALL THEY NEEDED WHEN THEY HAD EVERY CRAFT ON THE BOOKS AND TRIVAL LAW SUITS. ATTORNEYS .

  • ccblogging says:

    Government Public Unions should go the way of the dinosaurs. They are fleecing people while pushing Socialism and Globalism.

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