Non-Union Employees May Opt Out of Fee Deduction
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Non-Union Employees May Opt Out of Fee Deduction

In an action originally brought by the Governor of Illinois seeking to declare Illinois law authorizing public-sector unions to assess “agency fees,” (a charge for the proportionate share of union dues attributable to activities germane to the union's duties as a collective-bargaining representative), from non-member public employees on whose behalf the union negotiated, unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court held so a law violated the First Amendment free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern. This landmark decision is a blow to labor unions who argue their collective bargaining efforts benefit all employees, even those who opt out of the union.

Janus v AFSCME