Collecting union dues from non-members is constitutional

July 08, 2011

Gail Householder writes on July 6th that "forcing state employees to pay union dues ... (is) unconstitutional." Ms. Householder needed to check her facts: while she may disagree with the decision, the Supreme Court has upheld the right of unions to collect fees from nonmembers and gives quite valid reasons for doing so.

One of those reasons has to do with the union representing all employees during collective bargaining procedures. In other words, those non union members end up benefiting from the union's actions and, therefore, can be required to contribute financially to the union since the majority of the employees selected that union to represent them.

Rebecca Kelman, Pikesville

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