[dropcap type=”3″]T[/dropcap]Today, there are 28 states that require employees to join a union if their employer is unionized, and their union dues – campaign contributions to the Democratic Party – are automatically deducted from their checks. That may be about to change, thanks to some very brave women in, of all places, California.
The plaintiffs in a lawsuit that represents a landmark effort to reestablish the right of individual teachers and other public employees to decide for themselves whether to join and pay dues to a union are one step closer to having their case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has granted the motion by the attorneys for lead plaintiff and California elementary school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs to decide her case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, on the basis of the pleadings, without a trial or additional oral arguments. The court’s decision means Friedrichs and her nine co-plaintiffs may immediately file a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States.
This case was filed against the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union and it’s possible that the case could be heard by the US Supreme Court as early as next fall.
This is an important case, perhaps one of the top three in importance in decades, because public employee unions are nothing but money funnels straight from taxpayers pockets to Democratic office holders.
It works this way. Public employee unions “negotiate” with their employers who are typically Democratic office holders in large cities and big blue states. The unions secure fat contracts for their members. Members’ dues are automatically deducted from their paychecks. Union leaders who are knocking down salaries well in excess of $200,000 and who have virtually unlimited expense accounts, then turn around and fund Democrats in the next election.
Here’s the scorecard of political donations by a number of public employee unions since 1989.
|Rank||Organization||Total ’89-’14||Dem %||Rep %|
|2||National Education Assn||$75,194,932||46%||3%|
|3||American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees||$67,343,802||76%||0%|
|12||Service Employees International Union||$40,625,095||83%||2%|
|13||American Federation of Teachers||$38,801,158||89%||0%|
Note that the numbers don’t add up to 100%. That’s because these unions, especially in California, spend a fortune on ballot initiatives that favor the unions and are 100% supported by Democrats.
We noted the success that Scott Walker has had in Wisconsin with Act 10, a right-to-work law that he got through the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. The impact on Wisconsin’s unions and Wisconsin’s Democrats is impressive.
Since Act 10 passed, labor unions have hemorrhaged members. The Wall Street Journal reported that the state’s largest teachers union, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, has lost more than a third of its membership, dropping from about 98,000 to about 60,000 members. Similarly, the American Federation of Teachers has lost 16,000 members and is now less than half of what it was before Act 10.
Now we know exactly what the Left was so scared of: government workers having a choice about whether they are represented by a union. Perhaps more importantly for the union bosses is a loss of union dues in the millions of dollars. Conservative estimates show that with 100,000 members opting out of unions, around $60 million less will be flowing to unions in Wisconsin. In terms of pure political dollars (PAC Contributions), more than $2 million less will be at the Left’s disposal for upcoming election spending and lobbying.
At both AFSCME and the Wisconsin teachers unions things are so bad they’ve been forced to layoff union staffers and needless to say, their donations to Scott Walker’s opponent in November were off significantly from what they’d like to have been able to spend, and union bosses are in a state of depression.
If the US Supreme Court hears and sides with the brave women from California, Wisconsin will be replicated all over the US workers will have the right to decide that unions don’t represent them and Democrats will have lost their major source of what has been forced funding.
And just in time for the 2016 election cycle.