Hillyard discusses Supreme Court ruling on unions

LOGAN – A Tuesday Supreme Court decision could mean that some of the nation’s largest and most powerful union will be losing members and is being called “a major blow to organized labor.” The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a 5-4 vote that government workers cannot be forced to contribute to unions that represent them in collective bargaining.

Utah Republican State Senator Lyle Hillyard of Logan said he has never worked for a union but has worked

with them a great deal through the years. He said he isn’t opposed to unions, but does have an opinion.

“I think you ought to be in a position that if you have something that is really worthwhile, that people will join the union,” he said. “I really have always been in favor of the concept that people who want the union, who appreciate it can pay for it and be involved in it and the structures. Those who work and may not feel that there is a need and don’t want to pay for it, they should have that right.”

Hillyard mentioned the Utah Education Association as a union he has worked with.

“I think they now do benefit employees,” he said. “They speak for the employees and bring issues to us that certainly have more clout than when you have somebody speaking for a group than for just one person.”

Hillyard is a member of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

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