Victory in Ohio Union Case

Via Christina: Labor unions have experienced a court loss, and freedom has triumphed, to a degree, in Ohio. Carol Katter, a Catholic, didn’t want to give money to the pro-abortion NEA. She was told only Seventh-day Adventists and Mennonites could claim exemptions, because of their historic anti-union stance. Catholics, as members of a church that has a pro-union reputation, could not. The union’s lawyer told her to pay dues or change religions. She fought, and a federal court has thrown out the law. All individuals have the right to refuse union dues for religious grounds; this right cannot be restricted to members of any specific denomination.

It isn’t a complete victory for freedom, however. Workers are still obligated to belong to an organization they have not chosen to join, and to give up a portion of their salary (albeit to charity) at the demand of that organization. AP story.

3 thoughts on “Victory in Ohio Union Case

  1. I wonder how many of the workers who don’t want to join, would be willing to forgo the difference in salary and benefits that accrues to them through collective bargaining?

    I am not especially sympathetic to the unions, but also not especially sympathetic to libertarianism.

  2. Those collective bargaining benefits become a moot point when employers, tired of dealing with unions, move their plants across the border.

  3. Jeremy,

    Supposedly, the CTA will only deduct partial dues from people who do not wish to have full membership in their organization, to cover collective bargaining costs. Personally, this doesn’t bother me too much. But, when I discovered that they were taking full dues from my paycheck, even though I had not joined, I got kind of annoyed. As a non, member, I didn’t even have a vote as to how the non-bargaining money was spent. I don’t mind the collective bargaining money so much, but anything beyond that is simply taxation without representation in my book.

    And, as US schools can’t exactly take their business overseas, we’re all a little more stuck with each other than some others. 😦

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