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Supreme Court will hear union fee case: Unions respond with anger

Supreme Court will hear union fee case: Unions respond with anger

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court officially agreed to review a case on public-employee union fees that could potentially deliver a harsh blow to the nation's teachers' unions. IL is one of about two dozen states which mandate state workers pay union dues whether they join the union or not.

Conservatives across America who now are being forced to pay dues to their employer's unions to fund the left-leaning activities of their organized labor leaders - even speech with which they decidedly disagree - are getting another chance to escape that burden.

"This case is yet another example of corporate interests using their power and influence to launch a political attack on working people and rig the rules of the economy in their own favor", said Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation for State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, the union Janus is suing.

Janus - who is backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner and a powerful, well-funded free-market network - argues that being forced to pay money to a union he doesn't support is a violation of his right to free speech.

The practical impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision against AFSCME could be far reaching.

In Friedrichs, decided previous year, the Court split 4-4 following the death of Justice Scalia, and therefore left standing a 9th Circuit decision adverse to the plaintiff, a California school teacher.

In that case, Terry Pell, president of the Center for Individual Rights, a public-interest legal team that brought the case on behalf of the educators in California who objected to mandatory funding of union activities they described as political, said the result was expected. The outcome of Janus v. AFSCME could go a long way to determining the future financial viability of public sector unions to engage in lobbying and politics outside the confines of collective bargaining and contract administration, including grievance handling. The issue to watch: Can the Supreme Court devise a formula to reduce or eliminate partisan gerrymandering?

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The provision allows public employee unions to mandate that members pay fees rather than union dues if they don't want to join their union.

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch called for tolerance of diverse viewpoints while protesters outside criticized his appearance Thursday night at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.

Oregon's public sector workers are under no obligation to join the union, but they often have to take action to opt out of paying full dues in favor of paying lower "fair share" fees, Cunningham-Parmeter said. Anticipating a legal challenge, Rauner also filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have his decision declared legal and hoping to bring the issue to the Supreme Court.

Janus v. AFSCME could become one of the most impactful lawsuits when it comes to national labor law if the justices decide to reverse course on current case precedents. Abood justified this on grounds that union "agency fees" financed collective bargaining, not political activities. What you'll find is that the list is heavily populated with labor unions, many of them representing public employees. About 10 percent of its 43,000 eligible workers sought the rebate a year ago.

The court will also take on another high profile case involving gerrymandering in Wisconsin, which has been brought on by Democrats who say the way the lines are now drawn ensures they can't win. They also argue that having one representative of employees makes it easier to bargain and "ensure labor peace".

They urged the court to stand by previous rulings which had upheld the collection of such fees as constitutional.


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