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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Supreme Court, New Term Near, to Hear Challenge to Unions

Its conservative majority restored, the Supreme Court said Thursday it will return to an issue with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers.

After the justices deadlocked 4-4 in a similar case last year, the high court will consider a free-speech challenge from workers who object to paying money to unions they don't support.

The court, with conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch on board, could decide to overturn a 40-year-old Supreme Court ruling that allows public sector unions to collect fees from non-members to cover the costs of negotiating contracts for all employees.

The union fees case is among nine new cases the justices added to their docket for the term that begins on Monday. Others deal with a defendant's right to direct his own defense, police searches of vehicles and overtime pay for service advisers at car dealerships.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been in one union. Many, many years ago while working at a Fleer bubblegum plant in Philly. To me, they were just taking my money, to join and dues, and not doing a whole lot for me. Granted, I was new and no seniority. The union did take me off a task and replace me with a more senior member of the union after he found out I was making good money and bonuses.

I thought it stunk then but that's how it works. Unions have done great things for the working men and women over the years. A 40 hour work week, bennies, breaks, vacations, pensions, medical, etc.

But, unions usually always get corrupted. Tons of money goes through their hands, they wield a lot of power, they influence politics, etc. And then there was the involvement of "the mob" in the unions back in the day.

With so many labor laws on the books now, do we even need unions any longer? Companies still try to screw over their employee's but in the long run they will lose.