Locking the Door for Public-Sector Unions

The Story

The Janus case before the U.S. Supreme Court could uphold the rights of state employees who choose not to pay fees or dues to a union. But New York state legislators, doing the bidding of the public unions who contribute so heavily to their election campaigns, have passed a law making it extraordinarily difficult for workers not to pay so-called “agency fees” by establishing a limited time period in which they can opt out. If the nation’s highest court grants state employees the option to steer clear of unions, then Albany’s new law will stand in violation of New Yorkers’ constitutional rights. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Employer: Public-sector unions negotiate contracts with the same elected officials whom they contribute to for political campaigns, creating a conflict of interest. Read more.

  2. No Way Out: The state’s new law allows unions to set restrictive rules and procedures for opting out of membership. Read more.

  3. Membership: States such as Wisconsin that have stopped mandating union participation for public employees have seen teachers’ union membership drop by as much as 60%.  Read more.

“The general result of public-sector unions’ outsize influence in politics over the last 30 years, especially at the state and local levels, is ever-larger and more expensive government.”

Daniel DiSalvo, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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