Supreme Court blow for unions, rules against forced-fees for government workers

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SCOTUS offers a stunning blow to the trade unions in the public sector

The Supreme court has ruled that the first amendment rights of non-Union members will be hurt if they were forced to pay fees to public sector unions

In a major legal and political defeat for the great work, the Supreme court ruled 5-4 on Wednesday that the government will pay the workers not be forced to, so-called “fair share” fees to support collective bargaining and other trade Union activities.

The conservative majority, said a union-contract negotiations on wages and social benefits were completed inextricably linked with his political activities, and the workers had a limited constitutional right not to sign such a “speech”. The case specifically union examined fees from non-members.

“This procedure is a violation of the First Amendment and may not be able to continue,” Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. To collect “neither a placement fee may still apply to be a payment by the union is deducted, by a member, or may be made a other attempt, such payment, except to pay the employee expressly consents to this.”

After the announcement of the last of the two remaining decisions, the court recessed for the summer without justice to announce a retirement from the Bank. There was muted speculation, senior Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy would be willing to arrived step down after three decades on the high court, but no announcement.

While the current case is potentially great for the wider American trade Union movement, which sounds the alarm about the legal battle. refers only to employees of the public sector, in the meantime, the political and financial interests are


The trade unions say, 5 million state employees in 24 States and the District of Columbia would be affected by this decision.

The majority reversed the high court of the four-decades-old precedent — known as the “Abood” decision – dealing with the so-called “agency” fees, so that the States public employee money to pay for the support of the collective bargaining and other trade Union activities.

Alito said, while overturning decisions of the past should be rare, but this Problem justifies.

“There are very good reasons in this case. The fundamental right to freedom of expression are at stake,” he said.

The key plaintiff Mark Janus, a state of Illinois employee, who pays about $550 a year to the powerful public sector union, known as AFSCME. While not a member of the union, he is obliged under state law to hand over a weekly portion of his paycheck — which he says is a violation of his constitutional rights.

“I work for health and family services, and I am forced to pay money to a union, then the political causes that I do not agree with,” Janus told Fox News.

President Trump hailed the decision of the court on Twitter, as he wrote: “Supreme Court rules in favor of non-unionized workers, support now, as an example, in the situation to, a candidate of his choice, without that those who decide the control of the Union. Big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!”

Supreme Court rules in favor of non-unionized workers, support now, as an example, in the situation to, a candidate of his choice, without those, decide the control of the Union. Big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018

Trump, the Ministry of justice was clear on your position announcement in December it was reversing course from the previous administration, and support of Janus.

You write the appeal to the court of the said four liberal members, Associate justice Elena Kagan, the majority has succeeded in his “crusade” by “turning the First Amendment into a sword.”

“Judicial interference is not greater than what the court today,” she said in a rare oral dissent read from the bench. “The majority has overruled Abood for no extraordinary or special reason, but because it never liked the decision. He has overruled Abood, because he wanted it. Because, that is, it win wanted to pick up in what should be-and until now — was a energetic political debate.”

Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor joined her.

“Almost all of the economic and regulatory policy concerns or affect, speech,” Kagan added. “So, the [court] runs the majority of the way for a long time. And at each stop, the black-clad ruler overwrite the citizens are to make decisions. The First Change was related to better things. It was meant not to undermine, but also the protection of democratic governance, including the role of the public sector, the trade unions.”

Judges split 4-4 on the issue in a similar case two years ago, shortly after Antonin Scalia died. But with Neil from gorsuch now fill the gap left by Scalia, he was seen as the deciding vote in this time. During arguments, the then, in February, from gorsuch played it close to the vest, and left court watchers rates-he had no questions or comments from the bench, while almost 70 minutes of oral arguments.

On Wednesday, he sided with the conservative majority.

Labour leader, against the so-called “free-riders” of workers, such as Janus, however, and say they have a legal obligation to advocate for all employees.

Nearly 30 States have so-called “right-to-work laws” that the forced fees. But many public-employee-union members in other States.

States that allow “fair share” fees, which is to say, you go to a variety of activities that benefit all workers, whether in the union or not. That includes collective bargaining for wage and benefit increases, grievance procedures, and workplace safety.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders had argued that strong trade unions are necessary, because they give “strength in numbers [of workers] need to fight for the freedom that they deserve,” including retirement and health care.

The impact of unions could affect nationwide. With Union membership nationwide, less than 11 percent of the American workforce, but about a third of the employees of the members of the government.

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