Public unions say recent ruling violates 1st Amendment rights

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In the next few weeks, a lawsuit will be filed in California to force the state’s public sector unions to comply with a recent supreme court ruling that says union dues and fees are a violation of worker’s First Amendment rights, because a majority of the funds collected go to political activities.

According to Mark Janis, who filed the suit, the ruling means everybody is now out of the public sector unions.

This is a blow to California where the unions collect $900 million in dues and fees.

It could decimate their ranks and their income. But the unions are resisting the ruling, and will use state labor laws and contracts to delay it’s implementation.

Despite the court’s ruling, this is a huge fight, and it will not be settled anytime soon.

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