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Knox v. SEIU: A Victory for Worker Freedom

Phil323 Wrote: Jun 30, 2012 5:25 PM
Given the fact that unions significant financial impact on elections (, leads usually directly to unsustainable contracts (, this was definitely a good decision.  We’ve seen entire states pushed to the precipice of insolvency because of unsustainable contracts that unions negotiate (, so hopefully we’ll see a little bit less of this going forward.

In the immediate aftermath of its unfortunate Thursday ruling on the constitutionality of the Obama health care law, it’s easy to forget that the Supreme Court gets things right from time to time. A decision one week earlier, on June 21, was such an occasion. And at least part of the nation’s work force is a little freer for it.

The case was Knox et al. v. SEIU Local 1000. The High Court, true to precedent, put the nation’s public-sector unions on notice: Fee-paying nonmember workers under contract can’t be forced to subsidize political causes they don’t like. Ruling 7-2 on...