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Supreme court case Janus v. AFSCME could overrule decades of precedents requiring public employees, including teachers, to pay union dues even if they disagree with union policy and positions.
But there’s another lead plaintiff — Ryan Yohn — ready to take center stage in a second union dues case.
Yohn, a 13-year veteran middle school history teacher in Huntington Beach, California, and seven other teachers in the state are pressing two arguments in their lawsuit.
First, they say, as in the Janus case, that being forced to pay union dues is a violation of the First Amendment.
Janus, Yohn, and other government employees who don’t want to be full union members can opt out of paying for the group’s political activity, instead paying what are known as “fair share” or “agency” fees. Those dues fund standard union activities from which they also benefit, like salary negotiations or job protections.
They argue, however, that even basic union duties, like collective bargaining, are inherently political when they affect taxpayer dollars and public policy, and that employees shouldn’t be made to support them if they disagree.
Read the full article on union opt-out rules by Carolyn Phenicie at The 74