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Supreme Court Poised to Deal Huge Blow to Unions

• by Mike Mish Shedlock

Last September, the Supreme Court accepted a case from Illinois state worker Mark Janus who does not want to be in a union and does not want to pay union dues but is forced to.

The case would have been settled in 2016 but unfortunately Justice Scalia died while vacationing at a Texas ranch. The eight remaining justices voted 4-4 which allowed the current law to stand.

Had Hillary won, she no doubt would have put a union supported in court. Instead, Trump placed Neil Gorsuch on the court.

The court hears the case of Janus v. AFSCME today.

On Monday the US Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME. At issue are the constitutionality of laws in 22 states — including New York — that force public employees who do not want to belong to unions to pay unions "agency fees" for bargaining collectively on their behalf. The plaintiff — Illinois state worker Mark Janus — argues that agency fees violate his First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association by compelling him to underwrite union political activity with which he disagrees.

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