Why opting out of expressly paying for political union activities wasn't enough

“Most obviously, collective bargaining profoundly affects city and state budgets. When union’s ask for raises and benefits (often with little apparent regard for a state’s financial situation), the result is often increased taxes and budget shortfalls. These are undoubtedly political issues that public employees can disagree about. And this alone was enough for the Court to conclude that collective bargaining is an inherently political action."

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An overview of the Janus case from the National Review

“If the Court rules for the plaintiffs, state- and local-government workers in 22 states will no longer have to subsidize organized labor as a condition of employment; instead, they will be free to choose the organizations to which to contribute money, or to contribute not at all.”

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An overview of the Janus case from the NYTimes

“Mr. Janus’s lawyers said the case is about freedom of speech and association. The activities of public unions are akin to lobbying, they said, and so are by their nature political. Forcing unwilling workers to pay for such activities violates the First Amendment, they added, by compelling them to support messages with which they disagree."

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