Every Public Employee should be free to make their own decisions about Union Membership.
While the law currently does not go far enough in protecting public employees' rights, court decisions have established that public employees who don't wish to financially support their union do have options.
Thanks to Harris v. Quinn, "partial-public employees" like state-paid home care workers and child care providers do not have to pay any union dues or fees if they don't want to.
Some states and local governments do not allow unions to force educators to support them financially. For the moment, however, most public employees like teachers and state employees can be required to pay certain fees to a union as a condition of employment. These fees are less than full dues.
This could change in 2018. Public sector union activities – including negotiating with government – potentially violate the First Amendment rights of workers who are forced to fund the political voice of the union. In a pending U.S. Supreme Court Case, Janus v. AFSCME, a public employee from Illinois is seeking to prove that being forced to financially support a union is unconstitutional. A ruling is expected in June 2018 which is likely to restore workers’ choice.
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