Teamsters will picket at a downtown Minneapolis hotel today as the Center of the American Experiment highlights the U-S Supreme Court decision prohibiting government employee unions from collecting so-called “fair share” dues from those who don’t want to join the union. Featured speakers at the noon-hour forum are Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs, plaintiffs in that high-profile case. Janus says, “Here you’ve got the unions that are saying that, well, no, you really don’t have the freedom of association: You have to be part of us and you have to pay a fee, without anybody having their voice in the matter.”
Teamsters officials say money raised at today’s event will be used to try to convince union rank-and-file to drop their membership. Center of the American Experiment officials respond they’re simply informing people of their constitutional rights.
Union leaders warn the U-S Supreme Court decision will sap union coffers and hurt collective bargaining. Janus responds, “On the federal government side you’ve got unions…. They are collective bargaining, they are healthy, and they’re still out there — and they don’t seem to be affected drastically by the fact that they’re not getting the agency fees.”
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