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  • I respectfully disagree

    07/16/2018 10:26:53 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Catholic Times ^ | 7/8/18 | Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois
    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: The United States Supreme Court on June 27 decided that public sector employees can no longer be required to pay mandatory fees to support unions to which they do not wish to belong. This landmark case, Janus v. AFSCME, involved Mark Janus, a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in Springfield, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a public-sector union. Janus refused to join the union because he opposes many of its positions, including those taken in collective bargaining. Despite his opposition, for...
  • Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money

    07/10/2018 5:58:34 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/10/18 | Gregg Re
    The Trump administration announced Tuesday it planned to end what it suggested was an illegal Obama-era rule allowing unions to collect dues from state subsidies intended for home health workers -- including family caregivers. Federal law generally prohibits states from skimming money from Medicaid payments bound for independent in-home personal care workers. But in 2014, the Obama administration created an exception, saying that states could divert some of that Medicaid money to unions, on the theory that these workers effectively were public-sector employees. Eleven left-leaning states have used that provision to raise more than $200 million a year for unions...
  • Supreme Court throws out ruling in case protecting unions from class-action lawsuits

    07/03/2018 7:00:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 02, 2018 | Sean Higgins
    Organized labor, already reeling from a potentially major financial hit thanks to a Supreme Court ruling last week that could result in millions of public-sector workers cutting off funding, could be subject to another blow from the justices: class-action suits from those workers seeking to get paid back from the unions. In a little-noticed action, the Supreme Court invalidated a ruling last week by the 7th Circuit Court denying class-action certification in a case called Riffey v. Rauner. The case involved nonunion state-subsidized Illinois home healthcare workers seeking to be repaid the funds that for years they were forced to...
  • More Winning at SCOTUS!

    06/27/2018 7:04:17 AM PDT · by luv2ski · 174 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | June 27, 2018 | SCOTUS
    JUSTICE ALITO delivered the opinion of the Court. Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsi­ dize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bar­ gaining and related activities. We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmem­ bers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern. We upheld a similar law in Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209 (1977), and we recognize the importance of following precedent unless there are strong reasons for...
  • Supreme Court deals blow to public-sector unions, ruling against 'fair-share' fees

    06/27/2018 7:11:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 197 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2018 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that pubic sector unions for state and local employees can’t force non-members to pay a “fair-share” union fee. In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday, the court said the extraction of agency fees from non-consenting public sector employees violates the First Amendment. The case centers on an Illinois law, similar to those in 22 other states, that allow public-sector unions to collect a “fair-share fee” from employees for non-political activities like collective bargaining, regardless of whether those employees belong to the union or not. Mark Janus, a state child support specialist at the center of the case,...
  • California public unions invent "airtime" for pension riches. Richard Epstein John Batchelor Show

    03/24/2018 7:02:29 AM PDT · by Voption · 5 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | March 24, 2018 | Richard Epstein
    One of the main themes in the blockbuster case of Janus v. AFSCME—currently before the United States Supreme Court—is the risk of having unions sit on both sides of the table in public-sector contract negotiations. Nowhere is that risk more pronounced than in California, where the perverse and pervasive effects of union political influence are on display in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, now before the California Supreme Court. Between 2009 and 2013, California law allowed state and local employees with over five years of service to purchase with their own funds up to five...
  • Requiring Union Dues is Coercing Support for Dems

    03/06/2018 8:04:19 PM PST · by Let's Roll · 10 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 03/06/18 | Marc Thiessen / Syndicated Columnist
    WASHINGTON – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is ostensibly a public worker union. In truth, it is nothing more than an appendage of the Democratic Party. One hundred percent of its political contributions go to Democrats, and it works tirelessly to increase government spending and stop Republicans who want to reform state government.
  • Justice Post Blindfold

    03/04/2018 8:06:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2018 | Paul Jacob
    While the Supreme Court heard oral argument, last week, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the court of public opinion focused not so much on the constitutionality of the law in question, i.e. justice, but instead on the partisan impact of the decision, i.e. politics. The case concerns Mark Janus, a child-care specialist for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, who refuses to join the union. Nonetheless, by state law, Janus is forced to pay “agency fees” to AFSCME. Those agency fees are 78 percent of what a union member pays in...
  • Public-Sector Unions Deserve To Be Destroyed

    03/02/2018 1:31:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2018 | David Harsanyi
    How does a public-sector union work? Easy. First, the state creates a monopoly. The monopoly forces taxpayers to fund those workers, whether they do a good job or not. The union then coerces workers to pay dues regardless of whether or not they want to. Then the union uses those dues to help fund political advocacy that perpetuates their monopoly and the union's influence. So, in other words: racketeering. Among many significant problems with this arrangement, the most obvious is that it's an assault on freedom of association. If there is another organization in American life that has a license...
  • Janus v. AFSCME: Perhaps This Time The Court Will Take The First Amendment Seriously

    03/02/2018 5:59:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 2, 2018 | George Leef
    On February 26, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The issue in the case is whether public unions can compel workers who have declined to become members to pay them an “agency fee” that supposedly covers the union’s activities other than political action. Mark Janus is a public employee in Illinois and under state law, he must pay “his” union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees a fee that is 78 percent of the full membership dues. That is the amount that the union says is the “fair share” of workers who decline...
  • Supreme Court divided, Gorsuch mum in case that could deal blow to unions

    02/26/2018 9:16:44 AM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 26, 2018 | Bill Mears, AP
    The Supreme Court was sharply divided Monday during high-profile arguments in a case that could deal a blow to public-sector employee unions across the country – and the justice seen as a key vote was not showing his hand. At issue are so-called “fair share” fees that nonmembers pay unions to help cover the costs of contract negotiations. Justices split on the issue 4-4 when it came up two years ago – but with Justice Neil Gorsuch now filling the vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, all eyes were on him Monday morning in Washington. Gorsuch, however, said nothing...
  • As Unions Sound Alarm on SCOTUS Labor Case, Here's What Wisconsin's Experience Shows

    02/26/2018 12:31:02 AM PST · by lowbuck · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 26 February 2018 | Chris Rochester
    The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in the case of Mark Janus, a child support specialist from Illinois, who is suing AFSCME because he has no interest in financially supporting the union’s political activities. Since Janus is not a member of the union, he doesn’t pay the same amount in dues as union members. But thanks to a Supreme Court decision in 1977, he is forced to pay the union “agency fees,” feeding the coffers of an organization he wants nothing to do with. The high court will determine whether these agency fees are unconstitutional. Since freedom of association is...
  • ‘Right to Work’ Is a Cynical Power Grab

    02/24/2018 2:58:19 PM PST · by mdittmar · 68 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | February 23, 2018 | Stan Sorscher
    The effort to expand cynically named "right to work" laws says a lot about what is wrong with politics in our country. Disguised as protecting workers, the real goal is to silence workers’ voice, reduce our bargaining power and make our jobs more precarious. It’s about power—social, political and economic power.
  • Supreme Court to decide whether mandatory union dues violate First Amendment rights

    02/19/2018 5:04:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    When Mark Janus got his first paycheck working as a child support specialist for the state of Illinois in 2007, he was stunned to see a nearly $50 deduction for union dues. He had worked for the state in the 1980s and didn’t remember anything like it. “I’m going like, ‘I’m not a member of the union. What’s going on here?’” he said. Worse yet was where he saw the union dues going, such as to efforts demanding wage increases at a time when Illinois was struggling with a crippling pension debt. Now Mr. Janus is taking his case to...
  • Supreme Court's conservatives appear set to strike down union fees on free-speech grounds

    02/08/2018 7:01:41 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 78 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/8/2018 | David G. Savage
    Paying union dues and baking a wedding cake may not seem like classic examples of free speech—except perhaps at the Supreme Court. This year, the high court is poised to announce its most significant expansion of the 1st Amendment since the Citizens United decision in 2010, which struck down laws that limited campaign spending by corporations, unions and the very wealthy.
  • Biggest change in labor policy next year could come from Supreme Court

    12/23/2017 11:01:36 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 24, 2017 | Sean Higgins
    The Supreme Court could be responsible for the most far-reaching change to labor policy in 2018, as the justices will take up a case that could end the practice of forcing government workers to pay union dues. In September, the justices announced they would hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. Unions such as AFSCME depend on those funds and are likely to face steep membership and dues losses if the practice ends. Public-sector unions now account for roughly half of the labor movement, so a loss could be a blow to union power. The case...
  • AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Trump’s Decision to End Vital ACA Subsidies

    10/13/2017 5:06:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO ^ | Friday, October 13, 2017 | Lee Saunders president of AFSCME
    WASHINGTON — AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end vital health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act:“With this decision, the president has ushered in the era of Trumpcare, under which Americans will have fewer coverage choices and face skyrocketing premium costs.“By sabotaging the health care system just as open enrollment is set to begin, the president has all but guaranteed that insurers will abandon the market and working families will bear the brunt of the pain.“Americans will go broke, get sicker or worse because of this decision. There is no reasonable justification...
  • How Unions Are Already Gearing Up for a Supreme Court Loss

    10/09/2017 7:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Governing ^ | October 5, 2017 | Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene, Columnists and Government management experts
    Late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will add a case critical to the future of public-sector unions to its docket. With President Donald Trump's appointment of conservative-leaning Justice Neil Gorsuch, many expect the court to rule against the unions. Such a decision would energize the recent resurgence of state laws that effectively reduce the power of unions in both the public and private sector. Expecting the worst, unions are already preparing for a potential exodus of members and a loss of revenue. “I’d place a bet that this doesn’t bode well for public-sector unions,” says Patrick...
  • Democracy Alliance: Soros Billionaires Club for Revolution

    01/25/2017 2:34:22 PM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 January 2017 | William F. Jasper
    Even as Democrats publicly and loudly decry corporatist political “dark money,” billionaire Democrats and other donors funnel hundreds of millions to radical and violent causes.   Barely a week had passed after Donald Trump’s historic upset in the November 8 presidential election, but some of the world’s richest individuals were already launching a counteroffensive. George Soros and his fellow deep-pocket funders of the Democratic Party and left-wing causes gathered with a lineup of party activists and luminaries from Hollywood, K Street, and Wall Street for a three-day “investment conference” (November 15-17) at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C....
  • Supreme Court takes up case that will devastate public sector unions

    09/28/2017 1:29:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    thinkprogress.org ^ | Sep. 28, 2017 | IAN MILLHISER
    In what is all but certain to be a terrible blow to organized labor, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case seeking to defund public sector unions. The case presents an issue that was recently before the Court, and where the justices split 4-4 along party lines. Now that Neil Gorsuch occupies the seat that Senate Republicans held open for more than a year until Donald Trump could fill it, he holds the fifth vote to deliver a staggering blow to the union movement. The issue in Janus involves what are sometimes...