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December 01, 2017

One step closer to protecting workers’ rights

After 40 years of garnishing worker paychecks under the authority of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the coercion must end. It's about time the unions started thinking about how to offer value to workers. ...

September 28, 2017

Compulsory union subsidies on the chopping block

The First Amendment protects the right to speak and associate as well as the right to refrain from speaking and associating. Today the Supreme Court decided to hear the First Amendment case – Janus v. AFSCME – that will determine whether non-union public employees must continue to subsidize the very unions they do not want ...

July 13, 2017

Liberating workers from compulsory unionism

The very powerful public employee unions in Illinois have long relied on their favored status to garnish wages of workers and "represent" them in politically-fraught negotiations over collective bargaining agreements with the state. The unions' power is so great that state laws allow them to steal wages and purport to speak for workers who are ...

March 29, 2016

Teachers’ constitutional rights: out with a whimper

I wrote about today’s Supreme Court affirmance-by-tie-vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association for Forbes.com.  The bottom line is that today’s decision is a profound disappointment to non-union public employees who were this close to prevailing over the unions’ ability to garnish their wages for politicking in the g ...

January 11, 2016

Agency shop fees on the brink

Alexis De Tocqueville was deeply impressed by America's use of voluntary associations to pursue undertakings both large and small, in every aspect of life.  Public employee unions may soon be included in that category of voluntary associations, as several justices in today's oral argument in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association seem poise ...

September 11, 2015

Government unions: the Praetorian Band of the government

America's founding fathers knew their ancient history well. The experiences of Greece and Rome were almost the only guides they had when fashioning a government that wasn't a monarchy. And one thing they feared was what they called "Caesarism": the tendency of a popular government to devolve into competing teams, each grasping for power and ...

September 11, 2015

Opening salvos in the teacher union dues case

The briefing in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is underway. You'll recall that this Supreme Court case presents the issue of whether public employee unions can garnish the wages of non-union members to support the unions' collective bargaining and other political activities, without those workers' consent. Rebecca Friedrichs and her ...

August 24, 2015

Will the Supreme Court value individual rights over public employee unions?

One of the big cases of this Supreme Court term is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will decide if public employee unions can garnish non-union workers’ wages to pay for activities ostensibly related to collective bargaining without the workers’ affirmative consent.  As we’ve noted in previous blog posts, ever ...

June 30, 2015

Supreme Court to review public employee unions’ ability to garnish wages

The California Teachers Association—one of the most politically powerful groups in the state—may have to start funding its political campaigns with the money of only those teachers who actually support its goals.  Unlike other groups that seek donations from like-minded people who support the organizations' goals, the CTA has long benefited fr ...

February 26, 2015

Rescuing teachers from the grasp of forced unionism

California law forces all public school teachers to pay chargeable dues to the labor union that represents them, regardless of whether they are union members.  California law also forces all public school teachers to pay nonchargeable union dues unless they expressly opt-out of those payments.  A nonunion public school teacher has only six weeks ...