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    Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    This reigns in Public Unions slightly...but every little bit helps.


    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unions must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases or special assessments that all workers are required to pay in closed-shop situations.

    The court ruled for 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....


    The high court disagreed in a 7-2 judgment written by Justice Samuel Alito. "When a public-sector union imposes a special assessment or dues increase, the union must provide a fresh ... notice and may not exact any funds from nonmembers without their affirmative consent," Alito said....

    Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed with the judgment but wrote their own opinion. "When a public-sector union imposes a special assessment intended to fund solely political lobbying efforts, the First Amendment requires that the union provide non-members an opportunity to opt out of the contribution of funds," Sotomayor wrote.


    But Sotomayor and Ginsburg said they did not join in the majority opinion that the First Amendment requires an opt-in system for other circumstances like "the levying of a special assessment or dues increase."..


    Here's hoping someone up in Michegan was watching this.

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    Re: Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    Can't argue with that decision, seemed like a no-brainer, and a step in the right direction.

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    Re: Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    Thumbs up to the court on that decision.
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    Re: Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    Didn't they want to go one step further, and instead of having an opt out for the non members, have an opt in for all such fees regarding political activities and messages? And also, as I heard mentioned on the radio, what does this bode for a different, but very similar group of people...shareholders of companies that fund superpacs, or use Corp money in some other way to finance specific politics?
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    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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    Re: Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    Huh, interesting.
    Polling Private and Public Union Members

    38. In your opinion, it is very reasonable, somewhat reasonable, somewhat unreasonable, or very unreasonable that union leaders across America can spend your union dues on politics without getting your approval?

    TOTAL PRIVATE GOVERNMENT
    14% 16% 11% NET REASONABLE
    4% 5% 3% VERY REASONABLE
    10% 11% 8% SOMEWHAT REASONABLE
    15% 13% 17% JUST ABOUT RIGHT
    31% 27% 36% SOMEWHAT UNREASONABLE
    35% 37% 32% VERY UNREASONABLE
    66% 64% 68% NET UNREASONABLE
    5% 6% 4% I DONíT WANT TO SAY

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    Re: Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    Don't have a problem with this
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    seems like a common sense ruling to me...

    Oh well, if people want to celebrate over nothing, why not.

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    Re: Court: Union must give fee increase notice

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    seems like a common sense ruling to me...

    Oh well, if people want to celebrate over nothing, why not.
    Don't you get it? We're so used to such NONSENSE, that when a little something that actually MAKES sense comes along, it's both newsworthy, and cause of celebration!
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Reports indicate that everyone knew he was hauling a bunch of guns up there. But, since you brought it up, there's something which should be illegal: guns that breakdown.

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