Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Union Dues and Politics

An interesting bit from Washington State. The Supreme Court will now decide if a law forcing the union to only make political contributions from members who actively consent violates the free speech of the union by curtailing the union’s ability to take money from everyone who did not specifically opt out.

Administratively, it seems like forcing an ‘opt in’ vs. ‘opt out’ approach shouldn’t be a major issue. It seems reasonable to require permission before taking someone’s money, rather than making them specifically request that you don’t take their money.

From the union’s perspective, of course, there’s the huge potential for loss of cash flow from the apathetic, ignorant, and intimidated.