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Alaska Public Union Members Lose Bid to Get Out of Paying Dues

July 16, 2020, 2:56 PM

An Alaska public employees’ union doesn’t have to let members resign and stop paying dues outside the yearly opt-out period, despite a related U.S. Supreme Court First Amendment ruling, a federal court in Alaska said.

The employees voluntarily agreed to become union members and have dues deducted from their paychecks, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska said.

Their union membership agreements are binding contracts that remain enforceable even after the Supreme Court held two years ago that agency fees in the public sector violate nonmembers’ First Amendment free speech and freedom of association rights, the court said...

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