Forced do­na­tions

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Inside the Belt­way is told of a “sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment” in a pend­ing U.S. Supreme Court case, Daven­port v. WEA, that could dra­mat­i­cally ex­pand em­ployee rights when it comes to union dues be­ing spent on po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns.

In fact, union mem­bers might soon be get­ting cash re­funds.

Na­tional Right to Work Le­gal De­fense Foun­da­tion lawyers, rep­re­sent­ing 4,000 nonunion teach­ers in Wash­ing­ton state, are seek­ing to over­turn that state’s Supreme Court rul­ing that “fab­ri­cated” a First Amend­ment “right” for union of­fi­cials to spend nonunion mem­bers’ com­pul­sory union dues on pol­i­tics, foun­da­tion spokesman Pa­trick Sem­mens tells this col­umn.

“In short, if the U.S. Supreme Court takes the ad­di­tional step we are ask­ing, an es­ti­mated 1 mil­lion nonunion work­ers across the coun­try will im­me­di­ately be en­ti­tled to au­to­matic an­nual re­funds of hun­dreds of dol­lars each in forced union dues,” he says.

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