SCOTUS got Janus v. AFSCME wrong
To the Editor:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME can be found here: https:// www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16- 1466_2b3j.pdf.
After rereading the first amendment in the Bill of Rights and portions of the majority opinion above, I’ve concluded that the Supreme Court is more interested in interfering with the First Amendment rights of the public service unions, than (protecting) the individual free-speech rights of Mark Janus.
It is inappropriate that these agency fees for non-members are made noncollectible while the union is still obliged to provide services to them.
It is my hope that, although the agency fee is no longer collectible from nonmembers, that nonmembers will still be legally obliged to pay any legal fees or processing fees incurred by the union on their behalf.
The next PS&T contract should be an interesting one.
ANTHONY F. DiCARLO
Editor’s note: As reported on pages 8 and 12 of this issue, actions taken by the state Legislature and the governor to amend the state Taylor Law and action taken by the PEF Executive Board in June relieve the union of the obligation to represent the rights of nonmembers in the courts when those individuals may obtain other representation.
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