On the very last day of its 2018 session, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rendered its decision in the matter of Janus v AFSCME as expected, ruling that government mandates for the payment of “fair share fees” by public employees who may not want to belong to the union violates the employee’s First Amendment guarantee to freedom of speech. The 5-4 decision overturned the 1977 Abood decision by the Berger court that gave unions the right to fill their coffers with non-member fees in exchange for collective bargaining and other services. The court decided Abood v Detroit Board of Education by a 6-3 majority, but was unanimous in prohibiting the use of non-member fees for political purposes. Consequently, “fair share” revenue collected by public employee unions funded non-political costs (an oxymoron if ever there was one), while member dues was spent on union political activities.