When Pennsylvania’s public-sector union leaders circulated emails calling on state employees to join protests against stricter U.S. immigration policies, not all of those employees were eager to do so. But thanks to union mandates enshrined in Pennsylvania labor laws, union members who differed with the political views of their leadership still had to pony up and lend their financial support to those rallies.
Not everyone wants to be a union member. And according to the Supreme Court, public sector workers have a constitutional right to refuse union membership without penalty. Bizarrely, though, for those who have already joined a union, leaving can take years or be effectively impossible.