Nebraska’s only teachers’ union is disappointed about today’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down an Illinois law requiring non-union members to pay fees toward collective bargaining. Executive Director Maddie Fennell with the Nebraska State Education Association calls the case an attempt to cripple the working-class.
“This case is nothing more than a blatant political attack of wealthy elites and corporate interests on the Middle Class,” according to Fennell.
Fennell says the ruling will drastically diminish how much unions that require dues can collect toward collective bargaining.
“It’s only when we collect together as a Middle Class that we get things done,” says Fennell, “We can’t buy a million-dollar ad unless we work together.”
Despite her criticism of the ruling, Fennell acknowledges the NSEA isn’t affected by it. The ruling only applies to unions that require membership dues. She says members of the NSEA have always joined voluntarily and do not pay fees.
“Our members understand that by joining together we’re stronger in advocating and they choose to do that,” according to Fennell.