Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Dennis Nolan flags for us In re United Public Workers, FEC, No. MUR 6344, 8/7/12, discussed in yesterday's Daily Labor Report. A union encouraged its employees to support a Democratic candidate for Congress. The union then fired two employees, purportedly for failing to support that candidate. The employees then brought a complaint to the Federal Election Commission alleging violations of campaign finance laws. The FEC deadlocked, with the three Democrats voting against the union and the three Republicans voting for the union. A statement issued in the case by the FEC Democrats stated that although Citizens United allows corporations and unions to spend money to influence campaigns, there is no indication that the Court “intended to expand the rights of corporations and unions at the expense of their employees' long-standing rights to be free from coercion and to express or decline to express their own political views.” The FEC Republicans did not issue a statement in the case.