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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Supreme Court to hear case that could cripple labor unions

"Right to Work" boosters reach high court

By Josh Gross

The LA Times is reporting that The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case this week that has the potential to cripple labor unions. It involves in-home health care providers in the Chicago area drafted into a union they don't support that is being challenged by boosters of the "Right to Work," policy.

From the article...

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of several mothers who take care of their disabled adult children at home and resent the idea of paying about $50 a month in union dues.

A federal judge in Chicago and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the suit, citing Supreme Court precedents dating to 1977 that allow unions representing teachers and other public employees to collect fees from all workers, including those who object to the union.

But the Supreme Court may be ready to reconsider those precedents, and some predict that justices will use the Chicago case to do so.

The National Right to Work Foundation says that the the vote to unionize by health care workers is part of a scheme by the state and union to relabel employees so as to boost union revenues, and see a written decision by Justice Samuel Alito Jr. two years ago as an opening to win the case.

State-level Right to Work laws have effectively crippled labor unions in multiple states. A decision by the Supreme Court in its favor could have broad national implications for organized labor.

Read the full story here.

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