I'm curious how anyone could try to justify having a government agency (my school district) forcibly take money from me and give it to a non-governmental agency that I don't want to have anything to do with! And all this happens as a condition of employment!There’s quite a row occurring over the ability of the Arizona Students Association, “a private group that lobbies on behalf of Arizona’s public university students,” to receive mandatory fees from every student in the entire University of Arizona system. Currently, the system’s 130,000 students each must pay $2 annually to fund the group.The problem is, the association did not confine its activities to working for students, but was instead directing funds to liberal causes. In response, the system’s Board of Regents voted to end the association’s mandatory fee collection and make it optional as of this coming fall. The association has responded as one would expect a liberal political organization to do: It is suing to get its free money back. link
Free association. I don't want to associate with a union and shouldn't have to. Why students should be required to support any particular organization is equally baffling to me.