U.S. Supreme Court rules mandatory membership fees violate free speech rights of workers

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the 8th Circuit Appeals Court to reconsider a judgment against a lawyer who challenged the mandatory bar fees for North Dakota. The court reminded the 8th Circuit of the Supreme Court’s June decision striking down enforced union fees for collective bargaining for government employees. (ABA Journal, December 3, 2018, by Debra Cassens Weiss)

In the June decision, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “Forcing free and independent individuals to endorse ideas they find objectionable raises serious First Amendment concerns … employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them.” Union officials argued that federal labor law requires unions to represent all workers, and allowing some not to pay allows them to gain benefits without paying for securing them. (The Washington Free Beacon, December 3, 2018, by Mary Lou Lang)

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