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Nathan Newman on May 23, 2006 - 6:45am
As part of the rightwing attack on speech they dislike, a 2001 Utah law barred local governments from allowing public employee unions to collect funds through voluntary government payroll deductions. This attack on both unions and local government home rule was struck down by U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell earlier this month. The law had, as intended, devastated the funds of public employee unions, particularly the Utah Education Association, although it had not silenced them, since they turned to alternatives such as direct electronic funds transfers from members. The court declared that the state could not allow governments to allow payroll deductions for various charities, as they continue to do so, while denying union members the right to use that convenience.