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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Union Dues

SCOTUS is poised to rule on whether public sector unions can collect fees from workers who aren't union members.  The argument for is that that the union negotiates the contract for all workers (specifically home health care workers in Illinois), so they all should share in the cost of that work.

Services received should be paid for sounds reasonable to me. Collecting of dues from no union members may not technically be forced closed shopbut it is close.

I think the real question the non union works and the courts need to address is whether all workers in a particular industry or business represented by unions MUST fall under the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the Union.

Should not all workers have the option to operate as a free agent and negotiate their own contract (if that is their choice)?

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