The first judicial atom bomb dropped by the Supreme Court on public sector unions: The Democratic Party is going to hate this
SEIU, NEA, and any other public sector union leadership, the Supreme Court just made funding Democratic candidate campaigns much more difficult from a competitive standpoint:
Therefore, when a public-sector union imposes a special assessment or dues increase, the union must provide a fresh Hudson notice and may not exact any funds from nonmembers without their affirmative consent.
Oof!!! This blow is far more devastating than Scott Walker’s collective bargaining bill in Wisconsin. This looks like a version of Right To Work Lite across all 50 states of the U.S. in any public sector union. It’s going to take a much longer time replenishing all that money that was blown on trying to recall Scott Walker to give you a visual. All those increase in dues assessments across the country such as what the NEA did to make up their deficit in 2011 now have to be refunded to their union members?
Faced with unfriendly legislatures and governors seeking to roll back the union’s influence, the NEA Executive Committee decided to double down – literally. It proposed raising each active member’s assessment to $20, effective in September 2011. The union’s board of directors ratified the decision, and it will go before the NEA Representative Assembly for a vote this July in Chicago. If passed, NEA’s national dues for teachers will total $178.
Did you catch that? Representatives, not union workers, voted to increase dues on July 4th, 2011. The union workers had no say. Guess who has to refund $32 million to back to teachers with this Supreme Court ruling? Feel free to send this news to every teacher you know. And this is just one instance. Any future increase in assessments must have a union member’s affirmative consent. Can you imagine a union bigwig having to ask each worker individually for more money? The dissension this is going to cause between union leadership and the workers they represent has the potential to be truly popcorn worthy.
I don’t know if anyone is really realizing the magnitude of this decision today. It is absolutely huge. Democratic Party politicians have to be cursing out the Supreme Court behind closed doors today across the country since they just took out a big leg of the fundraising apparatus. I have to wonder what else is coming down the road with the immigration case relating to Arizona and Obamacare.
In closing, a shout out goes to davenj1 for his excellent work when this news broke. I felt it would be important to give some sort of visual to just how significant this ruling today was.