Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Mandatory Fees to Unions

An undated image of the Supreme Court in Washington. He sued the union, saying he does not agree with its positions and should not be forced to pay fees to support its work.

An Illinois state employee, Mark Janus, asked the justices to take up the issue again.

The case takes aim at a decades-old practice in many states allowing public-sector unions to collect fees from workers who do not want to the belong to the union as long as the money is not spent on political activities.

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"We are now one step closer to freeing over 5 million public sector teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other employees from the injustice of being forced to subsidize a union as a condition of working for their own government", National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation President Mark Mix said in a statement.

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The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest public employee union in IL and the one at the center of the lawsuit, called the case "yet another example of corporate interests using their power and influence to launch a political attack on working people and rig the rules of the economy in their own favor".

Janus works as a child-support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare Services. In 2016, a suit brought by California teachers was nearly universally expected to produce a full-on reversal of the 1977 holding, but the death of Justice Antonin Scalia left the Court deadlocked 4-4 on the case, leaving a circuit court decision in favor of the union in place.

Eighteen state attorneys general signed a friend of the court brief by the Michigan Attorney General's Office, which urges the justices to abandon the "meaningless distinction between collective bargaining and other political activity".

"This case is yet another example of corporate interests using their power and influence to launch a political attack on working people and rig the rules of the economy in their own favor", Saunders said in a statement Thursday.

Rauner hailed the court's decision to hear the case.

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The clash adds to a Supreme Court term that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has already predicted will be "momentous".

It was just over a year ago that the same question was before the court, but the challenge to those mandatory payments was unsuccessful then because there were four progressives on the court who liked the idea of forcing people to fund speech they don't support.

The court will hear arguments early next year and rule by June.

The case now returns to Commonwealth Court, which had dismissed it unanimously on grounds the litigation raised political questions that were not appropriate for the judiciary to settle.

The new case involves Janus' complaint against the American Federation of State, Council and Municipal Employees Council 31.

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