The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unions must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases or special assessments that all workers are required to pay in closed-shop situations.
The court ruled for Dianne Knox and other nonmembers of the Service Employees International Union's Local 1000, who wanted to object and opt out of a $12 million special assessment the union required from its California public sector members for political campaigning. Knox and others said the union did not give them a legally required notice that the increase was coming.
The union, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said the annual notice that the union gives was sufficient. The high court disagreed in a 7-2 judgment written by Justice Samuel Alito.
"When a public-sector union imposes a special assessment or dues increase, the union must provide a fresh ... notice and may not exact any funds from nonmembers without their affirmative consent," Alito said.
Leslie, you are right. There was a time the union was a good thing, and then it was taken over by the mob. Today's unions are essentially communist organizations. Today's unions want to control all businesses and have every citizen a member. In effect, they want to be the government.
It's shocking to me that the union can make nonunion members do anything, especially pay dues.
Must be a CLOSED SHOP in a non-right to work State - Many Teachers are not members of the UNION but they pay dues in many States if I recall correctly?
Magnus, that what I understood from the article.
For someone like me who has always lived in a right to work state this just seems an absurdity. IN SC there would be riots if unions tried to make non union workers pay dues.
Leslie, not having grown up with the union mentality I really know little about the. I do know that people I meet from big union states get angry if you say any negative about them. They seem to treat it like some religion. I guess they are brainwashed as kids to love the union no matter what. They are told the union is the only thing that will ever look after their best interest. And that might be true, but its at the expense of other people. Welfare and unions are separated by a thin line. Both demand others give up so they can have more.
This is great news!
Keep up the praying. Seems to be working
The Fed and State employees should never be unionized. At least with the private sector unions the owner of the company in involved in the bargaining. Who is there for us the ones who pay their wages? No One except the fat wealthy union bosses sucking up our money
I am glad to hear that the Judges ruled against them. i think a lot of Union people are waking up to the greed of the rich Union bosses and realize they are lining their pockets with their hard earned money.
Let's see, levying fees on "non members" - -doesn't sound very "kosher" to me; I'd be part of any group heading back to the Supreme Court to have ALL unions disbanded and "prohibited"! At their original inception, unions were a good thing and DID help workers, but the unions have long "outlived" their original intent and usefulness!