Supreme Court rules that unions cannot collect dues from non members

In another high profile Supreme Court case it was ruled that unions would not be allowed to collect fees from those who are not members. Taken at face value this ruling  sounds rather intuitive, those who do not participate should not be forced to pay. However even if you are not a member of a union you still reap the benefits from them. Whether or not a worker is a member of the union the union still works to represent all the workers of a specific job. A non member would still have unions to thank for their wage and working condition. But the main argument is: unions often support specific political campaigns even if some member may not support the candidate. So workers can be forced to pay to support a campaign they might actually be against. The Supreme Court ruled that this it violates the first amendment and the practice is therefore unconstitutional. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said on the case, “We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern”. This ruling overturns the previous forty year precedent set by the Supreme Court themselves in the court’s 1977 decision in Aboud v. Detroit Board of Education. This would only truly effect public sector employees as the government cannot take action on private contracts. But unions by far are most important and impactful for public sector employees. This ruling is consequential as it will reshapes the use of unions forever. It will certainly drive down membership and influence that unions have. It also opens up the possibility to end the use unions forever.

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