Michael at Best Destiny highlights yesterday’s huge U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of individual workers’ free speech rights (Davenport v Washington Education Association). More information available at the Independence Institute website. The big takeaway from the case? The First Amendment free speech rights of individual workers trump the First Amendment free speech rights of unions. If you want to use a worker’s money for politics, just Ask First!
The REAL question for us here in Colorado, is how to make use of this ruling. We can be fairly certain that this state legislature will NEVER pass a law saying that unions have to get permission to use dues for politics–Big Education would have a cow! So it is incumbent on interested members of the public–THAT WOULD BE US!–to get an initiative going to take away a big chunk of the unions’ power.
I’d be happy to work on that committee, if anybody out there has the expertise to actually get this going.
Ditto. I’ll join you there. It shouldn’t be the case that certain people or groups can buy elections using money taken from people’s paychecks without their permission. Good government, clean elections, and workers’ rights. These are things most Coloradans support.