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Court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says public sector unions can't collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

    The justices on Monday said collecting the fees violates the First Amendment rights of workers who are not union members.

    The ruling is a financial blow to labor unions that have bolstered their ranks in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of home health care workers.

    The case was brought by a group of Illinois in-home care workers who said they didn't want to pay fees related to collective bargaining. They claimed the "fair share fees" violate their constitutional rights by compelling them to associate with the union.

    Lower courts had thrown out the lawsuit.

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    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    Unions are more and more losing their hold.
     
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    Again, a broader decision that I expected. It appears the language of the decision could open the door for judges across the country to rule in favor of police officers and firefighters who challenge the unions' privilege of taking dues from their paychecks.

    Honestly, I was expecting the Court to rule on the narrower issue of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's illegal executive order that classified family members who acted as home healthcare workers as state employees, which allowed SEIU to unilaterally step in and take union dues form the support checks issued in Mrs. Harris' name every month.
     
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