Today, in a landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that union-collected fair share fees are illegal. In writing the majority opinion, Justice Alito stated that forced union fees “violate the free speech of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.”
We are very excited to see this positive ruling in the Janus case. For years we have worked to overturn this law legislatively, and are now pleased that the High Court has taken it upon themselves to correct this injustice. KEYTA has always believed that no one should have to financially support an organization with which they do not agree with.
Through the years, new members have come to KEYTA for their liability insurance and job protection coverage, because they did not agree with what their local union, their state union, or what the national union affiliate was doing with their dues or how they were represented. However, most were still subject to fair share fees, which cost $450 annually.
Now, all Pennsylvania educators will be free to abstain from union membership without having to fund an organization that they do not agree with. Fair share fees will no longer be deducted from teacher paychecks.