SCOTUS to hear case on involuntary union fees

The Supreme Court has said that such laws are constitutional. Lead plaintiff Mark Janus filed the lawsuit alongside two other IL state workers.

The nation's four largest public sector unions, AFSCME, AFT, NEA and SEIU, criticized the court's acceptance of the case.

The judge and later the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals also ultimately dismissed the case, saying the Abood decision required them to do so.

California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs challenged her union in a similar case that went to the Supreme Court a year ago. But he died the next month, leading that case to end in a tie, which preserved a lower-court victory by the unions.

The case the justices will examine in the coming months concerns Mark Janus, who works for the IL state government and sued the union, claiming he should not be forced to pay its fees as he disagreed with its positions.

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The case raises issues substantially identical to those in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

Digital Realty Trust v. Somers - The decision in this case will resolve whether the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 protects whistleblowers who have not reported alleged misconduct to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That fee can only cover collective bargaining costs and not political activities.

"The case threatens the right of the majority of workers, through their democratically elected union, to bargain a contract with their public employer that requires every employee covered by the contract to pay their fair share of the costs of negotiating it, administering it, and enforcing it", she wrote on the think tank's website.

Like a bad recurring nightmare, a case that could significantly damage the labor movement's most vibrant segment, public-sector unions, will be heard again at the U.S. Supreme Court this autumn. Rauner asked a federal court to declare the fees unconstitutional and support his authority to issue the order.

"Every public sector employee in the US should be free to choose whether to pay money to the union at his or her workplace", Jacob Huebert, director of litigation at the Liberty Justice Center, said in a prepared statement released Thursday. People shouldn't be forced to surrender their First Amendment right to decide for themselves what organizations they support just because they decide to work for the state, their local government or a public school.

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Janus - who is backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner and a powerful, well-funded free-market network - argues that being forced to pay money to a union he doesn't support is a violation of his right to free speech.

That last point was one stressed by Justice Elena Kagan in a 2014 decision, Harris v. Quinn, a case about home-health workers in IL. (This came out of a 1977 Supreme Court case called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education). In recent decades, private-sector unionization has fallen to 6 percent, in part owing to the success of right-to-work laws.

"Janus and millions of public employees are subject to agency fee requirements that compel them to subsidize the speech of a third party (an exclusive representative) that they may not wish to support", the appeal says.

Although the confirmation process for Supreme Court justices is extremely political, the court's members are required to follow a code of conduct that prohibits them from expressing their political preferences. Non-members can then seek a refund of the portion the union spent on lobbying and activities unrelated to collective bargaining or contract administration.

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