Supreme Court rules against SEIU in dispute over union fee hike

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. 

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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!




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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …


DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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