Supreme Court again will consider mandatory fees to public-employee unions

29 September, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Mandatory Fees to Unions

"You have a court that is not just trying to interpret the law, but they're trying to legislate", Miskin said.

Like a bad recurring nightmare, a case that could significantly damage the labor movement's most vibrant segment, public-sector unions, will be heard again at the U.S. Supreme Court this autumn.

Rauner has contended that the fair share system violates free speech and that workers should not have to support unions they don't want to belong to.

One last point: Janus involves only public-sector unions, or unions composed of state employees.

Republican Rauner says employees "should not be forced to give up a portion of their pay each month to fund public-sector union activity".

Pennsylvania's highest court on Thursday revived a lawsuit that claims the state is failing in its obligation to students, a case that could eventually have a dramatic effect on the shape of public education in the state. If the fees weren't mandatory, workers could become free riders, benefiting from union representation without paying for it, according to a branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that represents Janus and other IL workers.

Claire Prestel, a lawyer for the Services Employees International Union, feared impact of the court ruling in favor of Janus.

"We are now one step closer to freeing over 5 million public sector teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other employees from the injustice of being forced to subsidize a union as a condition of working for their own government", National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation President Mark Mix said in a statement.


Last year, the Supreme Court told the appeals court to take another look - but this time, don't defer to a Labor Department rule that service advisers aren't exempt from overtime requirements.

Eighteen state attorneys general signed a friend of the court brief by the Michigan Attorney General's Office, which urges the justices to abandon the "meaningless distinction between collective bargaining and other political activity".

Arguments in the case are likely to take place in early 2018, with a decision expected before the June adjournment of the court.

The decision to hear the case sparked a new round of concern among union leaders, who have been fighting for years in courthouses and legislatures to preserve agency fees.

"The billionaire CEOs and corporate interests behind this case, and the politicians who do their bidding, have teamed up to deliver yet another attack on working people by striking at the freedom to come together in strong unions".

Since Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court this year, the Janus case presents another chance for the court to consider Abood. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466, asked the court to overrule the Abood decision.

The justices will hear argument in the winter.

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