Unions cannot use payroll deductions for political activities

02/26/2009 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that local governments can prevent workers from paying for their union's political activities with payroll deductions, upholding an Idaho law that was challenged in state courts. Lower courts did rule that Idaho's policy violated the workers' constitutional rights, but Chief Justice John Roberts said, "Idaho's law does not restrict political speech, but rather declines to promote that speech by allowing public-employee checkoff for political activities."

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