“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Constitutional rights are one thing. The special privileges granted to unions by statute are another. The closed shop, the right to collect dues through paycheck deductions, mandatory payment of dues to unions, unions running the pension fund. All of that was granted by legislation and does not constitute constitutional rights. Work rules, performance evaluation, remuneration, the extent to which a government institution is bound by collective bargaining, etc., can be dictated by legislation for public workers and the legislature need not pay any attention to what the union says.
The right of assembly does not include the right to impose the union's will on the legislature.
The teacher's unions made it pretty clear that they can't survive without mandatory dues. The idea that a union has the constitutional right to collect dues from workers who are not their members is about as silly as it gets.
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.