HARRISBURG – Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 to overturn a 40-year precedent allowing public employee unions to require collective bargaining fees from workers who choose not to join the union, determining that it violated the First Amendment.
The decision is consistent with legislation that Cutler has been working to advance for more than a decade that would have prohibited the collection of political money from employee wages. This legislative session, it was drafted as House Bill 1174
“I have heard many stories from union workers who don’t agree with specific union actions and objectives but are forced to support them financially. It silences dissenting views, and that is a direct violation of one of our top American rights,” Cutler said.
Because of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision, state and public-sector unions can no longer legally collect dues from nonconsenting workers.
“Now, workers can support any idea or candidate they wish. It’s a right they always deserved and is finally recognized as the law of the land,” Cutler added.
Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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