Are the Days of Forced Labor Union Dues Coming to an End Thanks to Justice Gorsuch?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on September 28, 2017

The conservative judicial cavalry has arrived and its newest member, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch can be the difference in bringing constitutional justice to America. For decades unions have forced its members to finance Democrat candidate campaigns and issues; but with Gorsuch on the bench all of that may finally come to an end, according to Fox News.

Each week, tens of thousands of conservative and Christian union members have had their wages forcefully docked all in the name of paying forced union dues. Over the span of several decades, hundreds of millions of union-member dollars have financed Democrat local, state and national elections and workers had absolutely no say in how their dollars could or would be used.

Now, finally, this political grenade is being examined anew by the high court, based primarily on whether or not union members have a constitutional right to exercise freedom of speech in not having their union dues taken for purposes that they disagree with.

This is crucial for a number of reasons.

With the mid-term elections coming in 2018, Democrats and their election-year revenue machine will be relying highly on union member dues to finance governor, and congressional and especially U.S. senate races. In red states where President Donald Trump won big in and Democrat incumbent senators are vulnerable, millions of union dues cash can make a difference.

The case arose when an Illinois state employee filed against its public-sector union, claiming that workers could not be forced to join a union or support one financially as a condition of employment. In 2016, the justices were deadlocked 4-4, after the February death that year of Justice Antonin Scalia prevented a full court decision.

Unions around the nation, and especially public-sector unions, have been hit especially hard as more state legislations embrace right-to-work legislation. In addition, union membership has been on a sharp decline over the past twenty to thirty years and now only 10.7 percent of the U.S. workforce is represented by unions.

Does the U.S. constitutional right of freedom of speech trump union cartels that siphon hard earned dollars from workers who cringe at the thought that their money is being used to support and elect freedom-bashing politicians? With Justice Gorsuch on the court, it is a safe bet that the U.S. Constitution will be the winner. Of course, union leaders in blue states will be sweating bullets.

Consider the fact that Fox News reported that nearly half of all union members in America now work for federal, state and local governments. Now ponder a moment and think how conservative workers in states like Illinois, New York, and California, that are largely Democratic, will feel that the gold pot of union dues for Democrat candidates will take a severe monetary hit. Bottom line, good news may be coming to conservative workers in union halls all across the nation next year, when Justice Gorsuch casts the deciding vote to grant freedom to those union workers.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.