The SEIU has been using union dues to subsidize political endeavors. Workers who tried to opt out of the provision were denied. The SCOTUS ruled today that workers are able to opt out when their dues are being used for political causes they disagree with.
The Washington Examiner reported that the decision was 7-2 against SEIU. The decision wasn’t close.
“Public-sector unions have the right under the First Amendment to express their views on political and social issues without government interference,” Alito concluded. “But employees who choose not to join a union have the same rights. The First Amendment creates a forum in which all may seek, without hindrance or aid from the State, to move public opinion and achieve their political goals…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.”
SEIU has a history of tyrannical and even violent behavior. SEIU was charged with racketeering and extortion charges (RICO) by Sodexo, a French multinational food service company, last September ending a vile two-year campaign against the company.
SEIU published a 70-page manual advocating intimidation which they used in the Sodexo case –
..The new union tactic is to use pressure on corporate boardrooms as a means of organizing entire companies nationwide rather than recruiting workers on a site-by-site basis; in short, to organize employers rather than employees. To create this pressure, unions attempt to push businesses to the edge of bankruptcy, with little regard for the welfare of employer and employee. They attempt to strong-arm businesses into agreeing to take away the secret ballot for employees in union-organizing elections via card check. They also try to force employers to restrict their own speech on union issues so that workers will not get both sides of the story on unionization. Among the SEIU’s demands is that employers agree to bargain only with it, to the exclusion of all other unions, regardless of what workers want…Washington Times
If you have 4 minutes to spare, you won’t believe the vicious lengths SEIU went to in the Sodexo case –