“Free-riding public employees may benefit from union bargaining without paying their fair share of union costs”
In Oregon the DOJ writes the title that appears on the ballot, and it seems the initiative’s sponsors don’t think they’ll get many votes with that one. Jeff Mapes has the story in the Oregonian, here.
OK, sorry, that’s not the real title. The one written by Matthew J. Lysne, a senior assistant attorney general, wasn’t quite that accurate a summary of the initiative:
“Non-union public employees may benefit from union bargaining without sharing representation costs; modifies representation obligations”
Still, not bad, for a lawyer. As Mapes notes, the real risk to public employee unions comes from the Friedrichs case, which the SCOTUS will decide next year.