Hit to Unions Following Supreme Court Ruling Begins

Following a Supreme Court ruling, states are ordered to stop collecting millions of dollars in fees from public worker.

On June 27, In Janus vs. AFSCME, the Supreme Court correctly dealt a huge blow to forced membership in unions.

States stopped force collections starting July and Union Collections Schemes Take a Hit.

In New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, state governments have stopped collecting millions of dollars in agency fees following a high court ruling banning the practice. Before the ruling, public workers in 22 states who didn’t want to join a union were often required to pay agency fees, which cover collective bargaining costs and can equal as much as 90% of dues paid by members.

Pennsylvania stopped collecting agency fees from 24,000 state workers that totaled $6.6 million last year, a state official said. The figure is expected to grow because it doesn’t include workers at municipalities across the state. In New York, which has the highest rate of public sector union membership, the state stopped collecting agency fees in July from 31,000 state workers which totaled between $9 million and $10 million last year, a spokeswoman for the New York State Comptroller said. That tally is also expected to grow because it doesn’t include local agency fees.

By one estimate, unions in New York state overall will lose $112 million in agency fees from 200,000 state and local workers, based on what workers paid in 2016, according to the Empire Center, a conservative think tank in Albany.

Congrats to Mark Janus

I commented on the ruling on June 27 in Supreme Court Delivers Huge Blow to Unions!

One Word

The word is "perfect".

Abood was an abomination. The ruling was correct but it is just a start.

Time for National Right-to-Work Laws

The ruling is a fantastic first step.

It's now time for national right-to-work legislation and the end of all prevailing wage laws.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Gee what a shame, those unions can no longer use the same tactics as mafia protection rackets, and democrat ruled states can no longer force non-democrats to donate to politicians they hate. What do they think this is, a free country or something? Full disclosure: I am a (not by choice) former union member who sends financial support to the National Right to Work Foundation, which won this case.


Florida is a right to work state and does not collect agency fees. But public sector union membership is growing strongly. I tend to think that is because private sector employment has become so horrible that once some folks get a chance to unionize they jump at it. But I don't have any evidence to back that up.


The trends in today’s workplace do not bode well for those without skills/education. It is up to the individual to acquire the necessary skills to survive in today’s competitive world. Unions are becoming irrelevant and can’t provide protections for workers today. Survival of the fittest is becoming the norm.


It's not really forced membership, they just collected through the paycheck, kind of like my employer does for a myriad of things, like Fed, MED, SS, State. They are always trying to talk us into a subscription based type of paycheck deduction for everything from parking fees, to the fundraiser of choice they pick for us. Unions are only 10% of the total campaign donors, the rest are big PACS which are funded by corporations. That means when you buy something from corporation you don't get to decide where how they spend their/your money politically. And union is not forced anything, it was just easier to get union members to pay dues, once that stops they can still mail a check to their union office. They don't have to pay dues to be in the union or to pull off union like activity. Earlier this year we did see some wildcat strikes down south among teachers (non union).


There will be a hiccup in the short term, but in the long term nothing will change. The 'Union Rep' and union member co-workers will make it their job to harass and bully the non-paying 'scabs' until they give in and join the union.