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White House urges Supreme Court to rule against forcing employees to pay public unions

White House urges Supreme Court to rule against forcing employees to pay public unions

The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court yesterday to rule against public sector unions in a case involving whether government employees can be forced to financially support labor groups.

In a friend of the court brief for the case Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the White House argued that the practice violated individual union members' First Amendment rights and should be abolished.

The case asks whether Mark Janus, an Illinois state government employee, can be forced to regularly pay a "security fee" to his workplace's union as a condition of employment.

The administration argues that because the unions negotiate payments with governments over issues involving budgets and size of government, they by definition involve political viewpoints and therefore workers can be forced to subsidize views they disagree with.

Unions such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees count on those fees.

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