Public-sector unions can no longer force non-members to pay union fees thanks to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The 5-4 decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is a major victory for public employees’ First Amendment rights. Workers will no longer be forced to fund political candidates and causes they may not support.
Public-sector unions pump more than $100 million in campaign cash to Democrats each election cycle. Unions are already scrambling to find a way to maintain their war chest, by starting an advertising campaign to get workers to join unions:
“It’s kind of interesting that the unions now are trying to appeal to the people who are agency fee payers to tell them why they should become full union members — which is something they should’ve done a very long time ago,” said union critic Rick Berman, executive director of the Center for Union Facts, a corporate-backed anti-union nonprofit organization. “They pretty much took people for granted. Now, they’re having to actually market themselves. … I think they’re going to have a difficult time.”
Millions of workers across America will no longer be bound to the demands of Big Labor as a result of this decision, which is a win for all American’s First Amendment rights.