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Knox v. SEIU - COTW #97

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Knox v. SEIU yesterday. It probably felt a bit like the wrong person walking in to a surprise party: the room is filled with anticipation... deep breath... annnnd... and then universal disappointment. "You're not the health care opinion!" said everyone...

Lareau on Knox v. SEIU: A Mortal Wound?

SUMMARY : This Emerging Issues Analysis suggests that the importance of this case lies not in the conclusion the Court reached about special assessments for public sector unions, but in what the decision portends for the heretofore routine procedures used by public sector unions to collect fees from...

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...

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...