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In a 5-4 ruling, SCOTUS knee-caps public unions


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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/27/supreme-court-deals-blow-to-public-sector-unions-678819

 

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The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that public-sector unions may not charge non-members mandatory fees, dealing a financial blow to organized labor on the eve of a competitive midterm election campaign.

In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that forced collection of so-called agency fees violates public employees’ First Amendment right not to back union activity.


All five of the court’s Republican appointees joined in the ruling, with the four Democratic-appointed justices dissenting. The decision overturns a 41-year-old precedent in which the court unanimously found that such charges did not run afoul of the Constitution’s free-speech and free-association rights.

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President Donald Trump crowed about the victory on Twitter but misrepresented the purpose of the fees, claiming workers are now “able to support a candidate of his or her choice without having those who control the Union deciding for them.” Under Abood, agency fees were already barred from being used to support political candidates.

 

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1 minute ago, Chairslinger said:

 

 

Get used to reading descriptions like for a lot of SCOTUS decisions going forward.

 

Sure am glad we don't have all those "activist" judges on the court....

 

Damn those Democrats legislating from the bench!!

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Unions shouldn't have to provide benefits to those who don't want to be in the union.  America's union system is pretty slimey.  Maybe we should try the German union model.  Although admittedly I know next to nothing about how they've implemented unions over there, the people seem to like them. 

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3 minutes ago, mclumber1 said:

Unions shouldn't have to provide benefits to those who don't want to be in the union.  America's union system is pretty slimey.  Maybe we should try the German union model.  Although admittedly I know next to nothing about how they've implemented unions over there, the people seem to like them. 

 

If you think Republicans would ever vote for that, then you've been huffing turpentine. Right-to-work laws are deliberately designed to strangle unions. This is no different than the Post Office's fiscal woes as a result of their legal requirement to pre-fund retirement health care, a law that Republicans will also do nothing about (because then they can't cite the Post Office's deficit as they try to privatize it). 

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