The United States Supreme Court today, in a 7-2 decision, ruled against labor unions forcing unwilling workers to subsidize political speech and activism with which they may disagree. In Knox v. SEIU, the Court ruled that the Service Employees International Union must allow workers to op-in to special short-term assessments for political advocacy. Nor can the union charge “interim assessments” to employees who previously objected to such an assessment. The court ruled 7-2 on the merits of the case, and issued a 5-4 majority opinion that takes an extremely solid position on workers’ First Amendment rights vis-à-vis unions.
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