Four California workers from Oregon are taking a stand against compulsory unionism and asking the Supreme Court to refund dues that have been involuntarily taken from them over the years. The first case was filed in 2018 by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) worker William Hough against Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 521. The second was also filed in 2018 by California State University Dominguez Hills professor William Brice against the California Faculty Association. The two were then joined by two other California workers who agreed that forcing union dues is not acceptable and goes against the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court ruling.
Now with the help of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, these hardworking citizens are hoping to get some compensation by asking the Supreme Court that the unions refund the money that was forcibly taken via “union dues” and goes against the Janus ruling.
In The Center Square, National Right to Work Foundation and Committee President Mark Mix is quoted:
“For decades, union bosses dipped into the paychecks of many workers who were not union members and used their money to finance activities those workers fiercely opposed. […] They continued seizing dues despite workers’ pleas and warnings from the Supreme Court that their actions were likely unconstitutional.” […]
“Because of the statute of limitations, a ruling in these workers’ favor would only force union bosses to return a small portion of the billions of dollars nationwide they unlawfully stole from public employees’ paychecks,” he said.
Mark Mix, as quoted in The Center Square