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on the Use of Union Dues 1-10-07 - MP3
In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Communications Workers
of America v. Beck, that employees could not be compelled to
pay dues to their union which were being used for political activities.
The State of Washington has since enacted legislation prohibiting
the use of dues collected from non-union employees to cover political
activities without their express consent to do so. The Washington
Supreme Court vacated the statute on constitutional grounds, and
the State of Washington appealed. The case will be argued next Wednesday
before the United States Supreme Court. Our panelists, some of whom
will argue the case that morning, will explore the merits of the
case, including its First Amendment implications, and answer questions
not addressed during the oral arguments.
- The Honorable Rob McKenna, Attorney General of Washington
- Milton L. Chappell, National Right to Work Legal Defense
- Frederic Freilicher, Hunton & Williams and Professional
Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School
- Mr. Erik S. Jaffe, Law Office of Erik S. Jaffe, P.C.,
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Location: The National Press Club