Trick question here: when talking to your employer about pay or other employment issues, do you feel like that’s political speech?
Yeah, a misleading question. The answer is obviously no. So for some background here: the Supreme Court is deciding a case on mandatory fees for public union membership. In other words, if you’re part of the union, the arguments at the Supreme Court seem to indicate that they consider this money in support of political speech.
Unlike other outlets that will essentially lie to get you to believe this is completely about employment stuff, I’m here to tell you the truth: unions do a lot more than that. Unions support the existence of unions.
Is that political? Yes, unions overwhelmingly support Democrats because Republicans are rabidly anti-union. So it becomes a political issue, indeed, just as the Supreme Court indicates. But it only becomes an issues because Republicans make it a campaign issue. In truth, unions are just trying to keep their power. This is, in fact, merely an issue of establishment being in favor of establishment.
In my opinion, both sides are being highly misrepresentative here. Unions are siding with Democrats to keep their power to collective bargain (which is very clearly their right) and Republicans are siding with big business to deny unions any power at all (which I figure is simply Republicans being loyal to their owners).
However, when it comes down to it, the actual issues come down to this: is it technically ILLEGAL for public unions to collect dues without giving their members a choice? And the business side says, ‘they’re using this money to donate to Democrats so it’s political speech and therefore shouldn’t be mandatory.’ And the unions are like, ‘you motherfuckers that’s only because you try to destroy us.’
Personally, I’m of the opinion that unions are a little outdated, yet I find this union-busting very distasteful.