According to a new poll, one-in-three public sector workers would leave their unions given the chance, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“Government union members won the right to cease automatic fee payments to unions in June after the Supreme Court found that mandatory dues as a condition of employment violated the U.S. Constitution. A poll found that a large portion of workers plan on taking that option now that it is available to them following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees ruling overturning coercive unionism.”
“One-third plan to change what they are paying, with 6 percent saying they have already stopped paying dues and 25 percent saying they plan to stop paying,” the poll found.
The online survey found that most of the 300-plus respondents intend to keep paying their union dues or at least agency fees, which cover the cost of union representation activities, such as collective bargaining and grievance proceedings, while not funding political activities.
“The online survey, commissioned by labor watchdogs at Nevada Policy Research Institute, found nearly 70 percent of workers intend to maintain their dues payments. The 33 percent who are considering halting dues payments do so for many different reasons. Many objected to the idea of being forced to pay dues without their consent since previous generations of workers had voted to join the unions, while one-in-five said the unions’ aims were at odds with their personal beliefs.”
“These members think paying the dues is an unfair practice (33 percent) and that it saves them money (33 percent). Others say that unions do not support things that they want (19 percent), they do not want to be in a union (19 percent) or some other reason (20 percent),” the poll found.
The Janus decision has exposed the rift between traditional union members and union leadership. Michael Schaus, communications director of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, said forced dues have caused unions to take many members for granted.
“With so many union members in favor of their Janus rights, it’s clear that union leadership is often out of touch with their membership,” said Schaus. “This study shows just how many union members value having a voice and a choice in the workplace. Workers expect value from their union, and they clearly value the right to vote with their dues.”
If these workers do end up ceasing to pay their dues, this could prove to be detrimental to the foundations of unions.