Oregonian Taxpayers Expected To Send Hundreds of Millions To Government Union Bosses
Force Oregon Taxpayers to Bankroll Unions?
Big Labor State Politicians Plan to Circumvent Janus
Thanks to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory won last
summer by Illinois civil servant Mark Janus, with the assistance of a legal
team led by Right to Work staff attorney Bill Messenger, government union
bosses now face a future with far less money siphoned from employee paychecks
at their disposal.
Nationwide, Big Labor officials in the government sector
could ultimately lose hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars in
coerced dues and fees.
In Janus v. American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees Council 31, the High Court recognized, for the first
time, the unconstitutionality of deals between union chiefs and public
employers forcing civil servants to pay for the advocacy of a union they would
never voluntarily join, or be fired.
‘Workaround’ Would Let Union Dons Continue Cashing in Even
if They Lose Members
Union-label legislators and governors who have largely depended
on Big Labor’s forced dues-funded largesse to get elected and reelected are
obviously afraid of what will happen once their patrons have to depend on
genuinely voluntary support from members for their future funding.
To ensure that frightening scenario never materializes,
months before the Janus decision was announced, politicians in many of
the roughly two dozen states where forced government-sector union dues were
still permissible pre-Janus began introducing and adopting
For more than a year, politicians in Big Labor strongholds
like New York, California and Hawaii have been seeking to deter educators,
public-safety officers, and other civil servants from ever exercising their
right to resign from, or never join, an unwanted union.
(Staff attorneys for the National Right to Work Legal
Defense Foundation, the National Right to Work Committee’s sister organization,
are now helping independent-minded civil servants in a number of states mount
judicial challenges to state statutory and regulatory schemes to circumvent Janus.)
Up to now, no union-label legislators in any state have
actually resorted to the “nuclear option” of redirecting taxpayer money that
would otherwise go to public workers’ paychecks to cover Big Labor’s operating
But that could change very soon. In forced-unionism Oregon’s
2019 legislative session in Salem, Organized Labor lobbyists are pulling out
all the stops to ram through H.B.2643, a cynical bill that would enable
government union bosses to maintain or even increase their revenue flow no
matter how many members they lose!
Union Bosses Would Receive Money From Public Employers
Across the State
Although H.B.2643 is officially sponsored by Rep. Paul
Holvey (D-Eugene), it was actually drafted by Oregon School Employees
Association (OSEA/AFT) union lawyer Mike Tedesco, according to Oregon capital
reporter Aubrey Wieber.
Committee Vice President Matthew Leen explained how H.B.2643
will undercut Janus if it is adopted:
“Holvey/Tedesco would impose a yet-to-be determined
assessment on all public employers for every employee under their authority who
is subject to union monopoly bargaining.
“Public employers would fork over these assessments to the
Oregon Employment Relations Board, which would then funnel all the money to
government union coffers.
“Union bigwigs would not be required to perform any service
whatsoever for taxpayers in exchange for the taxpayer money, which could easily
add up to $100 million or more a year.”
Just How Panicked Are Big Labor Bosses About Janus?
Mr. Leen recalled that, just last year, when pro-forced
unionism New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) floated an anti-Janus
proposal similar to H.B.2643, even some government union officials said they
didn’t want that kind of “help”:
“If Oregon union lobbyists proceed now with their announced
plan to send H.B.2643 to Big Labor puppet Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, it will show
the union hierarchy’s desperation about workers’ exercising their Janus
rights has greatly intensified since the middle of last year.
“If union bosses really do dare to open up a straight path
for taxpayer money to go into Big Labor’s bank accounts, National Right to Work
Committee members and their allies will face an uphill battle to stop them in
“But I am confident National Committee staff and Right to Work activists across the country will do all they feasibly can to help.”