November 30, 2017 / 9:27 PM / 9 months ago

Public worker tells top U.S. court that mandatory union fees violate First Amendment

(Reuters) -

A government worker has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its 40-year-old precedent allowing public sector unions to charge mandatory fees to nonmembers, saying that forcing workers to fund labor organizations’ political activities as a condition of employment violates their free-speech rights.

Mark Janus argued in a brief filed with the court on Wednesday that “agency fees” – which are earmarked to pay for collective bargaining and other nonpolitical activities – actually subsidize public unions’ political agenda since there is no distinction between lobbying the government and bargaining with it as an employer.

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