Conservatives have won another victory against rapacious unions who continue to try and steal money from workers after a union in Washington State finally agreed to stop skimming money out of home health care workers’ paychecks.
The latest victory comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling that deducting union dues from workers’ paychecks against their will is unconstitutional.
As The Daily Caller reports:
The free market think tank Freedom Foundation filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Washington state and local 775 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in July. The lawsuit stemmed from the state taking union due payments out of Medicaid payments to the home health care workers on behalf of their clients.
Other states stopped the practice in 2014 after the Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that deducting union dues without the express consent of the home health care worker was unconstitutional. The dues, known as “agency fees” for workers not explicitly members of the union, were meant to cut down on free-riding, or benefitting from collective bargaining without financing the union’s activities. (RELATED: Lawsuit: Forced Union Dues Scheme Violates Supreme Court Orders)
“It’s difficult to understate how brazen unions like SEIU can be when it comes to taking other people’s money,” Freedom Foundation director of labor policy Maxford Nelsen told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “In this case, it took two U.S. Supreme Court decisions and a federal class-action lawsuit just to get SEIU 775 to stop seizing 3.2 percent of caregivers’ wages without their permission. And the complicity of the state in this scheme is frankly disgusting.”
The Supreme Court added a second ruling in 2018, the case Janus v. AFSCME, saying that belonging to a union as a requirement to hold a job is also unconstitutional.
“The Janus decision had consequences beyond freeing public employees from having to financially support a union,” Nelsen added. “This is probably the biggest secondary victory for workers we’ve seen yet stemming from the Janus case.”
The victory in Washington State is the latest strike against unions. And more needs to come.
Unions are inherently un-American. Even the left’s favorite President, Franklin Roosevelt, stood against unionism– especially government unions.
Roosevelt, thought that government unions were a terrible idea. He was right. They should be outlawed.
Not long ago James Sherk wrote a short by meaningful piece explaining why. As Sherk noted:
The founders of the labor movement viewed unions as a vehicle to get workers more of the profits they help create. Government workers, however, don’t generate profits. They merely negotiate for more tax money. When government unions strike, they strike against taxpayers. F.D.R. considered this “unthinkable and intolerable.”
Government collective bargaining means voters do not have the final say on public policy. Instead their elected representatives must negotiate spending and policy decisions with unions. That is not exactly democratic – a fact that unions once recognized.
Exactly right. Unions do nothing but drive up costs, drive down quality, and waste money and resources.
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