Public union workers in the Atlantic City and Jersey Shore regions got quite the wake-up call today. The Supreme Court decided against organized labor. They ruled that government workers who don’t want to join a public union, are no longer forced to help pay for collective bargaining.
Public unions across the nation, including Atlantic City, Brigantine, Margate and Ventnor, could lose millions of dollars in dues. Public union effectiveness could be weakened by this ruling. The court said union dues that endorse political messages was a real problem. This does not affect private unions, for now.
Forcing nonmembers to pay for a union’s political activities violated the First Amendment, the court said.
Union heads are fearful that workers will seriously consider opting out of paying union dues.
President Trump tweeted: Non-union workers are now able to support a candidate of his or her choice without having those who control the Union deciding for them.
The NJEA, New Jersey Education Association is melting down? The NJEA represents close to 175,000 teachers and education professionals.
Philly.com: Public-sector unions are a major force in New Jersey. From 1999 to 2014, the New Jersey Education Association spent $57 million on lobbying, campaign contributions, and independent political expenditures — twice as much as any other special interest group, according to the state election commission.