We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Since unions are non-profits, I have never understood how they can legally engage in partisan political efforts at all. But what do I know?
The most far-reaching effect of the decision may be the court’s requirement of an opt-in system for public-sector unions when they impose a special assessment or dues increase. The court seems to be carving out a special case for public-sector unions, perhaps because of the political power they have to elect politicians who will serve their interests and diminish the political power of employees who disagree with them.
I belonged to the State Employees Association (NH) years ago, when it was a local affair. When they affiliated nationally, first with AFSCME, later SEIU, I got out. I don't like to be connected to criminals if I can help it.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Could we please stop with so many "they" and "them" in the same sentence? A writer might know which "they" references which subject and the same with each "them," but we mere readers often are left wondering. In high school speech class, "Who is 'They?'" was a not uncommon speech subject. These days, I often wonder WTF?