Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that government workers cannot be forced to pay fees to a labor union. Many experts described this ruling as the most significant court decision affecting collective bargaining rights in decades.
To better understand how state government employees view this ruling, and whether they plan to continue or stop paying dues, a national survey of over 300 public-sector union members was administered in August 2018.
One public sector worker who participated in the survey said the following: “If the union is not supporting or representing the worker, then he or she should not be required to pay money for unfair treatment.” Another survey participant put it this way: “The union does not represent me. I think we should vote with our money, and if a union doesn’t do its job, it shouldn’t get paid by me.”