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Supreme Court's tie vote upholds public employee fees for union

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    The Supreme Court announced a tie vote today in what labor law experts had called a "life-or-death" case for public employee unions.

    The split decision preserves a long-standing rule that requires about half of the nation's teachers, transit workers and other public employees to pay a "fair share fee" to support their union.

    The tie vote will come as a relief to union officials who feared the conservative court was on the brink of striking down the pro-union laws that authorized these fees.
     
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    Don Well-Known Member

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    "Conservative court"?
     
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    Forcing people to pay union dues simply because they got a job is unAmerican
     
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    A communist court to become more communist before long.
     
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    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    The good news is that since it was a tie vote it is not binding on future rulings.
     
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    Seriously, CTB; "conservative court"? You have 3 justices that typically swing conservative; 4 that typically swing liberal; and Kennedy, who is a conservative but has been known to vote liberal. So how is it a "conservative court"? Even if Kennedy voted strictly conservative, the current court would be the epitome of partisan (evenly divided).

    So seriously: "conservative court"?
     
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    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    Don, I did not write the piece, just copied and pasted it. So you do not consider the Court conservative. Other do. No surprises as there will always be differences of opinion.
     
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    So federal employees aren't forced to pay union dues, but half of the Supreme Court justices think keeping it mandatory for state or municipal employees is okay?
     
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    Oh, I know. The question really is, how much credence to give to an article that claims "conservative court" when, as I pointed out, at best it's partisan down the middle. Kinda indicates a bias before you really even get into the article, doesn't it?
     
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    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    I guess it all depends on what a person believes a conservative or a liberal is and what they do and do not believe.

    It is not unlike calling a person a theological conservative or liberal. In different parts of the country the two words can mean very different things.

    Same with political philosophies. Where I worked I was considered a liberal. Where my wife worked I was considered right of Attlla the Hun. Figure that one out.
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