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A Bad Week for Unions: The NLRB and NLRB GC Focus on Union “Membership” and the Money

Posted in Union Membership, Unions
The NLRA permits employers and unions to agree to “union security” clauses in a collective bargaining agreement.  This clause requires employees to join the union (and pay dues) or lose their job with the employer. Congress imposed this “membership” obligation on employees to eliminate what some call the “free rider” problem.  The NLRA requires a… Continue Reading

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

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

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