State Senator Saslaw trying to empower Big Labor political action at expense of Virginia citizens
(Roanoke Times Opinion) In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the wisdom of Virginia’s unequivocal statutory ban on forced union financial support in Janus v. AFSCME, a case argued and won on behalf of an independent-minded Illinois civil servant by National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation Staff Attorney Bill Messenger.
The Janus majority also held that, in itself, “designating a union as the exclusive representative of nonmembers substantially restricts the nonmembers’ rights,” and inflicts a “significant impingement on associational freedoms.”
While Janus did not go so far as to say that government union monopoly bargaining is constitutionally prohibited, it certainly did raise the question. As I write this, the Supreme Court is being asked to take up a case arguing that it is prohibited. (On February 4, the Foundation’s Messenger submitted an amicus brief in support of the petitioner.)
Unfortunately, Virginia state Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and state House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) don’t think they should have to wait for the grave doubts about the constitutionality of monopolistic government unionism communicated in Janus to be resolved before this very regime is foisted on civil servants, taxpayers, and other people who rely on vital public services throughout the Commonwealth.