Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case could break the backs of public sector unions and cut off funds to Democratic candidates.
“They force you to join a union. You don’t want to join. They force you to pay dues, you don’t want to pay dues. They use your dues for political causes you don’t believe in,” Napolitano said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.” “Your freedom of association has been violated because the freedom of association means you have the freedom, not to associate. And your freedom of speech has been violated because they have taken your money and spent it on a political cause.”
The case was prompted by Illinois Department of Healthcare employee Mark Janus, who sued the union that represents him over the constitutionality of compulsory dues subtracted from his paycheck.
“If the unions lose and I think they will, this will radically shrink membership in government unions — which will radically shrink the pool of cash available for the unions to give to their favorite Democratic candidates,” he added. “I think the fundamental right not to associate with a group trumps that union argument.”
Napolitano predicted the unions will lose by a close 5-4 vote and believes Justice Neil Gorsuch will be the deciding vote.
“5-4 in favor of the plaintiff and against the union,” Napolitano said. “The impact is profound. If the decision comes down in June, the impact will be felt in November.”
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