The U.S. Supreme Court for nearly 30 years consistently has held that workers who pay dues or fees to a union have a right to withhold the portion of their payment going toward activities unrelated to collective bargaining. This principle, as the Court made clear in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education and Chicago Teachers Union v. Hudson, applies to public-sector as well as private-sector employees. City officials of Lexington, Ky. see their instance as an exception. They’re joining forces with a local firefighters’ union to make sure nonunion fee payers aren’t eligible for a refund.
On June 22, seven nonunion Lexington firefighters filed a civil-rights suit in U.S. District Court alleging that International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 526 illegally confiscated fees from their paychecks without due process. The suit also names Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac and other City officials for signing and enforcing the agreement with … Read More ➡