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Bay Area labor groups condemn U.S. Supreme Court decision

Original post made on Jun 28, 2018

In a setback for unions, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote Wednesday struck down the use of mandatory fees for nonmembers of public worker unions to help pay for the costs of collective bargaining.

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Posted by Ralph Kramden
a resident of Danville
on Jun 28, 2018 at 7:25 am

SCOTUS was 100% correct. It is a First Amendment issue. No person should be forced to pay to fund political activities (speech) with which s/he fundamentally disagrees. Maybe public employee unions should stop making political donations and the issue would go away. Yeah - that'll happen...

Posted by LDM
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm

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Way back when God was a baby,I used to teach elementary school.Back East in MA when there were no teachers' unions only Associations.You were not forced to join,so one other teacher and I opted not to.The reasons: even back then,the assoc was political.Our representative was a first grade teacher who had been there for decades.Her reason for the assoc.? She had changed a lesson plan in 30 years!! My answer: hmmm,and WE have your children!!

Posted by Member
a resident of Danville
on Jun 29, 2018 at 12:46 am

Thrilled to see this rip-off go away. What are we - incompetents who cannot negotiate a raise or have an open negotiation and discussion about salaries and benefits when we interview for a job?
I’ve been forced to be in an union for the past 3 years because of the job I took. I needed that Union’s support once and the only thing I got was a lot of lip service. The only ones benefiting are the big shots who run the unions. They earn millions in salaries alone and not shamed to collect it. These unions are nothing but a big lie and FRAUD!

Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Jul 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

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The banding together to aggregate power to better achieve objectives is efficient and practical. When that banding together devolves from ‘The Community’ to a collective then an association or a union with strict parti pris (a preconceived opinion, prejudice inclined to favor one side over another) it inevitably drifts to socialism, in it’s more benign state, or communism at its most extreme (and dangerous, although it’s a matter of minor degrees because the integral element of revolution is associated with both). One of the first and most logical outgrowths of this aggregation of power is compelled speech which is, at best, insidious. Note the quotes from the cadre of California political and union ‘fellow travelers’ – power is a terrible thing to waste – and lose.

Posted by A Progressive in Blackhawk
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 5, 2018 at 8:39 am

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Unions represent teachers, police officers, government workers, and other public-sector professions who don't have much of a voice. Among other things, they defend wages and benefits for middle-class workers. Now, without a legal mandate to pay dues, individual members of these unions can enjoy a “free ride” on the efforts and payments of others, which will obviously be a death knell for union membership.

The SCOTUS decision didn't come about by accident. It's the culmination of a decades-long anti-union campaign by conservative groups and billionaires tied to the GOP such as the Koch brothers, the Uihlein family, and others. By funnelling money through tax-exempt organizations like the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, the Liberty Justice Center, and the Center for Individual Rights, these ultra-wealthy people have helped to finance a series of legal attacks on labor unions that represent ordinary working people who earn modest wages.

Nice job, SCOTUS. Not.

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