Supreme Court will hear compelled unionization case

An Illinois executive order and law declares all personal home assistants to be public employees, for the sole purpose of being represented by a collective bargaining unit of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that seeks to lobby for greater … Continue reading

Major victory for workers as Supreme Court sides with PLF: unions cannot presume that workers consent to political subsidies

The Supreme Court today issued its decision in Knox v. SEIU, the union fees case in which PLF (joined by Cato, MSLF, and CCJ), filed this amicus brief. The case was about whether the union violated the law by requiring … Continue reading

200,000 teachers decide against joining the union

This past year, three states passed right-to-work laws, allowing public workers to opt out of union membership.  Unsurprisingly, the National Education Association has 200,000 fewer members this year.  It’s amazing.  When the government stops forcing teachers from contributing to unions, the union rolls drop.  … Continue reading

Unions and speech: the First Amendment requires opt-in, not opt-out

When it comes to free speech rights, the Supreme Court typically applies the rule of “strict scrutiny,” which holds that a government restriction on free speech is presumed unconstitutional, until the government proves otherwise. The reason is that, given the … Continue reading

The public school teacher debate continues

PLF has long been concerned with the powerful role that unions play in dictating government spending policies across America. One area where the problem is particularly acute is in public education, where PLF has challenged government enforced teacher monopolies and … Continue reading