Unions Shouldn’t Extort Dues from Non-Members

Dec 13, 2017 by AFP

Public-employee unions shouldn’t be allowed to force non-members into paying dues.

Currently, in the 22 non-right-to-work states, they are able to take fees from non-members for the purpose of representation, collective bargaining and administrative expense. But, the problem is these purposes quickly become political in nature.

A recent op-ed at National Review highlighted exactly why this coercion is so troubling:

“In addition to using non-members’ forced fees to negotiate contracts increasing union political power, organizing abilities, and job security, AFSCME and other public-employee unions have begun inviting left-wing activist groups into their contract negotiations,” the author writes.

Not only are these unions inviting left-wing groups into their negotiations, they’re also giving them a ton of money. Unions sent $500 million in worker dues to left-wing groups in the last four years, despite the fact that 43 percent of union households voted Republican in the 2016 presidential election.

Workers shouldn’t be forced to pay dues for political speech they disagree with. The Supreme Court has a monumental opportunity to prevent public-employee unions from forcing non-members to pay in a case called Janus v American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Sign here if you think employees should have the right to opt out of union dues, and should not be forced to pay for political activism with which they disagree.