Supreme Court to decide if nonunion members have to pay mandatory fair share union fees

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 21, 2014 - 12:20 PM

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether making nonunion home health care workers in Illinois pay "fair-share" union fees is an unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights. The case could have major implications for public service unions.

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theagonybhoJan. 21, 1412:35 PM

what an absolute joke unions and the courts are for even hearing this. Pay union dues for a union you dont belong too. The fact this is in Illinois tells you the ruling will favor the unions.

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rtwall59Jan. 21, 14 1:41 PM

Not only is this ridiculous, but so are the closed shops that require employees to join unions when they don't want to!! Where is the freedom of choice?

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dfldebtaylorJan. 21, 14 2:12 PM

There is no way to exclude non-dues payers form ANY of the benefits of having a union at a work site. When a union negotiates a contract, all employees at a work site benefit from it. That is how many economic sectors first got a living wage, the weekend off and/or a 40-hour workweek in the past. Because the benefits go to everyone working at given job site, everyone working there should have to pay a portion of the cost of negotiating their pay and benefits.

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avejoeconJan. 21, 14 2:59 PM

Because the benefits go to everyone working at given job site, everyone working there should have to pay a portion of the cost of negotiating their pay and benefits.--------counties do not determine the wage increases or benefits until the union negotiations are done. Then, non union people get the exact same as the union. Yet they don't pay a dime. Kind of throws you argument right into the garbage, right?

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masterson1Jan. 21, 14 3:55 PM

Well in Wisconsin where public employees can choose to opt out annually, more than a third of the members have opted out. And the number is growing. Looks like they don't see the value being returned.

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wplettfanJan. 21, 14 4:12 PM

Just another group of people who want better hours, higher wages, and good benefits, but want someone else to pay for it. You conservatives should be raking these people over the coals, rather than encouraging them to freeload.

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formergopJan. 21, 14 4:14 PM

They should be going to court to make sure those who chose not to belong to the bargaining unit are there for themselves, and what ever they negoiate on their own. That's not only fair, but right.

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drfranktJan. 21, 14 5:51 PM

If the unions are so good for the workers, why is it that, when given the opportunity to choose between paying dues or "fair share" requirements, one third or more decide they will not pay the union charges?

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Truckman182Jan. 21, 14 6:40 PM

Forced extortion plain and simple ....

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texas_technomanJan. 28, 1410:19 AM

If you don't want to be in the union, go get a job in a non union business...freedom of choice. Oh, they don't have as good pay / benefits? Go figure.

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