Supreme Court Announces New Incursions into Public-Sector Union Security

On the last day of the current term, a divided Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment limits the ability of public-sector unions to capture so-called "fair share" fees. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion which held that in-home care workers who did not wish to join a union could not...

Split US Supreme Court: Partial Public Employees Can’t Be Required To Pay Union Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) A class of in-home care providers, classified as “partial public employees,” who do not wish to join or support a union cannot be required to pay an agency fee, a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning ( Pamela Harris, et al. v. Pat Quinn, Governor...

“Unionism” as a Protected Class?

Way back in 2012, the New York Times published an op-ed titled A Civil Right to Unionize , which argued that Title VII needs to be amended to include “the right to unionize” as a protected civil right. At the time, I argued that including “unionism” as a protected class was the...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Backs Walker, Upholds Anti-Union Law

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a controversial 2011 law championed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) that essentially bars collective bargaining for public employee unions. Unions had challenged the law, calling it unconstitutional. But by a 5-2 decision, the state's high court disagreed. As reported...

Lareau on Harris v. Quinn: Supreme Court Strikes Down Illinois Agency Fee Provision Applicable to Personal Care Providers

Excerpt: In Harris v. Quinn , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4504 [an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers] , the Supreme Court, split 5-4, held that Illinois could not compel "personal care providers" to pay an agency fee to a union designated as their collective bargaining...