A case is to be argued Feb. 26 that could affect the financial viability of unions that are major supporters of Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) candidates and causes. The unions represent more than 5 million government workers in 24 states and the District of Columbia who could be affected by the outcome.
The court is being asked to overturn a 41-year-old ruling that allows states to require government employees who don't want to be union members to pay for activities the union undertakes supposedly on behalf of all workers, not just its members. These so-called fair share fees are purported to cover the costs of collective bargaining and grievance procedures to deal with workplace complaints.
Pro freedom interests are backing an Illinois government employee who says that being forced to pay anything at all violates his First Amendment speech rights.
"I'm not against unions," said the employee, 65-year-old Mark Janus, who is represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. "I don't oppose the right of workers to organize. But the right to say no to unions is just as important as the right to say yes." He said he opposes his union's fight for wage and benefit increases when the state is "in pretty terrible financial condition right now."
William Messenger, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation lawyer who is representing Janus at the Supreme Court, said everything the union does, including its bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it.
Will the Supreme Court rule in favor of the First Amendment which says that no law should be made that would abridge freedom of speech, which includes the right to say yes as well as to say no.
The result of this ruling could have a major impact on the power the Marxist supporting unions have amassed in many states including Illinois, California, New York, and New Jersey; yes, the states who are locks for the Marxist/Progressive Party in statewide and national elections. A ruling in favor of the First Amendment will be good for freedom and liberty.