A ‘staggering’ number of agency-fee payers have stopped paying public-sector unions after being given the freedom to choose.
Following the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling, once given the choice, government workers who were previously required to pay unions or lose their jobs have stopped paying “agency fees” by a ‘staggering’ amount.
As Eric Boehm points out at Reason.com:
“Two of the largest public sector unions in the country lost more than 210,000 so-called “agency fee members” in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that said unions could no longer force non-members to pay partial dues. That case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, effectively freed public workers from having to make “fair share” payments—usually totaling about 70 to 80 percent of full union dues—in lieu of joining a union as a full-fledged member.”
“Now, annual reports filed with the federal Department of Labor show that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) lost 98 percent of it’s agency fee-paying members during the past year. Another large public sector union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), lost 94 percent of their agency fee-paying members.”
“Even though unions were preparing for a mass exodus in the wake of the Janus ruling, the numbers are staggering.”
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