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Supreme Court Poised to Potentially Strike Down Mandatory Union Dues in the Public Sector

Posted in Courts, Union Membership
The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it will re-visit the issue of whether public sector employees can be made to pay mandatory fees to a public sector union despite not being a member of the union. As readers of this blog will recall, this question was at the center of a Supreme Court decision… Continue Reading

Kentucky’s Trifecta: Comprehensive Right-to-Work Legislation Enacted

Posted in Prevailing Wage, Unions
Kentucky has become the 27th state in the nation to enact right-to-work legislation.  It did so on one of its legislators’ first days back in the office in 2017.  The “trifecta” is made up of three different bills, all directed at compulsory union membership and union-scale wages.  Read more about Kentucky’s right-to-work law, repeal of… Continue Reading

Mandatory Union Fees Preserved By Supreme Court’s Deadlock

Posted in Courts, Union Membership
Today the Supreme Court issued a decision in the closely watched case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which keeps mandatory union fees for public employees alive.  In a one-sentence opinion, an equally divided Supreme Court simply affirmed the Ninth Circuit’s decision in favor of charging school teachers mandatory union fees.  The decision doesn’t apply… Continue Reading

Who Needs a 50-Year-Old Rule? Employers Must Now Continue Dues Deductions Even After Union Contract Expires

Posted in Management, Negotiations, Union Membership, Union Negotiations
Reversing a rule that has been in place for over 50 years, the NLRB has ruled that a “dues checkoff” provision in a union contract outlasts the termination of the contract establishing it. The 3-2 decision, which came out earlier this year, but was overshadowed by the hullabaloo over the joint employer decision, is a… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Public Sector Unions

Posted in Union Membership
In a close decision earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to unions representing government employees. The case, Harris v. Quinn, dealt with an effort in Illinois to permit unions to organize a group of individuals who provide services to those who are unable to live in their own homes without assistance. Under the… Continue Reading

Unions Lose One at the NLRB (At Least for Now)

Posted in NLRB
Union members have a right to claim what is known as “objector” status. If they do, a union is obligated to recalculate the dues that those seeking objector status have to pay. The union must reduce the dues by a proportional amount that is equal to money the union spends on activities not related to collective bargaining,… Continue Reading

Michigan Enacts Right to Work Law

Posted in Legislation
By Nelson Cary and Steve Miller On December 11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to enact a right to work law. This new law has garnered a lot of national attention, most likely because Michigan is seen as the “birthplace” of the modern labor movement. (Much less attention was paid when Indiana became the 23rd state to… Continue Reading

NLRB Makes it Harder for Employees to Lower Union Dues

Posted in NLRB
In non-right to work states, an employer and a union may lawfully agree to include a "union security" provision in their labor agreement.  This clause requires all employees to become a member of the union.  If an employee refuses to join the union, the contract typically requires the employer to terminate that employee. Many years ago,… Continue Reading