Workers Deserve the Right to Remain Silent

The California Legislature is considering a “Public Employee Bill of Rights” that (among other things) would restrict the state’s ability to hire outside contractors and swell SEIU’s membership in the Golden State.

California’s public employee union, SEIU Local 1000, is actually co-sponsoring the bill according to Assembly member Roger Dickinson’s website.

The irony is that SEIU Local 1000 currently stands accused of violating the first amendment rights of the public employees it is supposed to represent.

The First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.”  Legally speaking, that’s pretty cut-and-dry.   That’s why the Supreme Court has so roundly rejected prior restraintflag-burning laws, and campaign finance restrictions.