On the heels of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s victory over organized labor last month, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a further blow to union politicking on Thursday, ruling that unions may not arbitrarily run up a tab for political lobbying and expect members to pay for it later.
The Supreme Court held by a 7-2 vote in Knox v. Service Employees that unions must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases or special assessments that all workers are required to pay.
The case was brought by Dianne Knox and other nonmembers of the Service Employees International Union’s Local 1000, who wanted to object and opt out of a $12 million special assessment the union required from its California public sector members for political campaigning.
“This is a huge decision — a real spank to the unions that they can’t just spend money,” GOP political strategist Bradley A. Blakeman tells Newsmax. “Basically, the court’s saying ‘you don’t have a blank check for political purposes.’”