The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case involving public sector unions and mandatory dues.
The Court will specifically hear a case involving free speech and the right of government employees to withhold dues from unions they don’t wish to support.
The AP reports: “The court could decide to overturn a 40-year-old Supreme Court ruling that allows public sector unions to collect fees from non-members to cover the costs of negotiating contracts for all employees.”
This case will be big because it will be one of the first where Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, will have a significant impact. A similar same case was heard last year, but the Court split 4-4 on the decision. Now that the Court has 9 members again, Gorsuch will be the deciding vote on the case. And some liberals are already fretting the outcome, predicting a win for the plaintiff, a government employee from Illinois.
We literally all know exactly how Gorsuch will vote on this case. https://t.co/8ZoBIrlkfp
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 28, 2017
Should Gorsuch vote with his ideological side of the bench, the case will gut the power of public sector unions, and be a big win for free speech.
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Many conservatives hope that the Court will rule against public sector labor unions, and rightfully so. It’s one thing for a union to bargain collectively on your behalf. It’s another to be forced into it. These public sector unions collect dues from employees who aren’t even in the union. How is that fair? Shouldn’t employees get a choice in the matter?
The whole thing is a racket designed to enrich the union bosses. It should be shut down as soon as possible. Employees should be given back their right not to support a union they feel doesn’t represent them.
The Court will hear the case sometime this winter.
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