In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, union-backed legislators in the Washington State House of Representatives are desperate to protect their government union patrons from any potential legal liability. Sponsored by Representative and WEA member Monica Stonier (D-Vancouver), HB 1575 would prevent public employees from suing their unions for illegally collecting dues from their wages. At the same time, Stonier and many of her fellow union-supported colleagues have no problem in pushing for legislation (HB 1965) to allow any person to sue any private employer for any violation of state labor laws.
Hypocritical? Yes, but calling this hypocrisy is much too kind of a description for their actions. We all know why this is happening. It’s called payback.