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Friday, September 4, 2015

The Issue of Mandatory Dues For Collective Bargaining

UFT members who do not want to continue to pay for the fun freebies and bi-monthly catered buffet at the UFT meetings (52 Broadway - you should go! Lots of food), listen up:

withdraw from COPE, and look at the BECK Amendment.

Betsy Combier

Supreme Court takes case on public union dues
Mandatory union dues are currently forbidden in 25 states, and Pell hopes the Supreme Court will extend that nationwide.
Supporters of the teachers say that the supposed distinction between political spending and collective bargaining is blurred when it comes to public sector unions.
"What the teachers are objecting to is the fact that in the public sector, the distinction between union dues for political activities and union dues for workplace bargaining is artificial," said Will Collins of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a group that has filed a brief in support of the teachers. "All workplace bargaining involving public sector unions necessarily affects the size and
scope of government making it an inherently ideological activity."
But the unions contend the dues for collective bargaining which goes toward issues such as contract negotiations and grievances are not used for political purposes and instead are necessary so that the union can represent all employees whether they are members or not. The unions say they negotiate on behalf of all workers -- members or not -- and believe that everyone should pay their fair share.
"We are disappointed that at a time when big corporations and the wealthy few are rewriting the rules in their favor, knocking American families and our entire economy off-balance, the Supreme Court has chosen to take a case that threatens the fundamental promise of America: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to provide for your family and live a decent life," the four major unions representing public workers said in a statement.

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