The case could erode organized labor's influence by allowing public sector workers who are not union members but are forced under state law to pay "agency fees" equivalent to union dues to stop providing this money. This would reduce the income and political clout of public sector unions. Such a ruling would apply in 25 U.S. states that do not already have what is known as "right-to-work" laws that prohibit workers from being forced to pay fees to a union. A ruling in favor of the non-union teachers would be a blow to organized labor because unionized teachers and other civil servants in states without right-to-work laws comprise its main power base.
Some justices on the Supreme Court appeared deeply skeptical of requiring public employees to pay union dues as a condition of their employment. Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed doubt about a law that requires public sector workers to opt out of paying union fees for collective bargaining. Unions say such laws are necessary to avoid a “free rider” problem in which nonmembers benefit from deals negotiated on their behalf. But Kennedy said that under that logic, there would be nothing to stop California from requiring every state employee to donate 1 percent of his or her salary to the governor’s election campaign. “No one thinks, realistically, that's a voluntary decision to give money,” he said. “There's only one purpose behind that kind of requirement, which is to inflate the governor's political war chest, just like the only purpose behind this is to, through inadvertence and neglect, inflate the union's war chest by people who really have not made a voluntary decision to do so.”
The problem before the court, Chief Justice Roberts said, is whether individuals can be compelled to support political views with which they disagree. Though unions have argued they will lose membership if employees are forced to opt in rather than out, Kennedy said the unions should be able to convince employees to join.
In Wisconsin, Governor Walker had a law passed that allowed teachers and other public employees to opt out of their unions. Walker had vowed that union power would shrink, workers would be judged on their merits, and local governments would save money. Unions had warned that workers would lose benefits and be forced to take on second jobs or find new careers. Many of those changes came to pass, but the once-thriving public-sector unions were not just shrunken — they were crippled. Unions representing teachers, professors, trash collectors and other government employees are struggling to stem plummeting membership rolls and retain relevance in the state where they got their start.
All public sector unions saw the results in Wisconsin and fear the same result would happen in California and all of the states that do not have “right to work” laws. The Marxist/Progressive Party (Democrats) understands they would lose a major source of contributions to further the transformation of the United States to a totalitarian Marxist state. The unions, which are the core of the Marxist movement, would face the same crippling affect in these “right to work” states that took place in Wisconsin should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the ten teachers. What that tells us is that the unions are far more important to the Marxist/Progressive Party (Democrats) than they are to the worker they claim to represent. When given the choice, the worker has said no thanks to the union.