Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Between The Lines, July 9, 2014, Wednesday

Between The Lines

July 9, 2014, Wednesday 

Between The Lines (full article)

In further erosion of union rights, Supreme Court rules home care workers don’t have to pay union dues

The conservative court majority specifically said they were not overturning the precedent case in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which declared every employee represented by a union, even though not a union member, must pay union dues supporting the cost of the union’s collective bargaining and contract-administration activities. But Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, called into question the Abood precedent, inviting a future challenge – signaling that conservative justices may be ready to overturn it, which would spell disaster for the American labor movement. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kenneth Margolies, a senior associate at the Worker Institute at Cornell University. Here he explains what the Harris v Quinn ruling means and the impact it could have on public employees and the broader labor movement.