In anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling that could invalidate forced agency fees, some public unions have begun pressuring employees to sign away any potential new rights through “recommitment cards” or “membership cards” that may be legally binding. Signing these cards may have the effect of denying employees new rights created by the Court.
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The Supreme Court is considering a case that would permanently ban forced union fees for 5 million public employees nationwide. Right now, public employees in 22 states (non-right-to-work) can be fired for not paying union fees. Soon, these employees may finally have the right to keep this hard-earned money in their paychecks and to stop paying a union they do not support.
We believe that all workers deserve this opportunity. We believe that all workers should have a say.
Mark Janus is a public employee from Illinois who has taken his case for choice and free speech to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mark is fighting for the freedom to leave and stop paying AFSCME, one of the largest government unions nationwide. Mark’s case is simple: he doesn’t agree with the union’s politics and doesn’t want to be forced to pay for positions he disagrees with. He is fighting for himself and the millions of workers in 22 states just like him who have been forced to continue paying a union, regardless of how well the union represents them, spends their money, or the causes they support.
You can find out more about Mark and his case here.
In the coming months, public employees will get to have a say – whether that’s by telling their stories, writing to their representatives in Washington and their state capitals, or gathering with friends on the steps of the Supreme Court, and, we hope – finally having a right to exercise the option of paying or not paying a union.
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Currently, 28 states already grant the “right-to-work” without forced unionization to most or all public workers, while about 5 million workers in the 22 states without these right-to-work laws must still pay their unions regardless of whether not the unions are serving their best interests.
One union said it would use “any legal means” to combat members who want to leave.
It’s true that unionized public employees can already choose not to technically be members of the union organized in their workplace. However, these employees are still forced to financially support these unions by paying them what’s typically called an “agency fee” — supposedly for funding general operation costs for the union, but often used for political purposes some members do not support. A ruling in favor of Janus would mean that public employees would no longer be forced to financially support a union that they do not want to be a member of.
Liability insurance can be purchased individually, and there are many options available for employees who choose to resign their union membership, including the Association of American Educators, who already insure thousands of teachers nationwide.
Public sector employees should never have to go to work with the looming fear of termination simply because they chose not to join the union.
Public sector employees should have the right to say “no thanks” to financially supporting a politically active government union.
Although public-sector unions are legally prevented from spending agency fees for political purposes, many union activities are nevertheless political in nature.
Public sector unions are prejudging Janus. In expectation they will lose, unions have already begun efforts to circumvent a Supreme Court decision and pressure workers into signing away an ability to exercise constitutional rights to free speech the Court may choose to restore.