June 30th, 2015
The Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that it may be prepared to strike
down laws forcing public employees to pay union dues, posing a major
threat to organized labor.
The justices agreed to hear a
California case next fall challenging the requirement that teachers
contribute to unions, even if they don't join them or agree with their
positions on issues.
Two lower courts upheld that arrangement, but
the high court in recent years has been hostile to the so-called
"agency shop" rules. In two prior cases, Justice Samuel Alito has written majority opinions scaling back on the requirement.
the high court's 1977 precedent, unions largely have been allowed to
collect dues from all private or public employees they represent. Those
who object don't have to contribute to political or lobbying activities,
but they must chip in for the unions' efforts in fighting for better
wages, benefits and working conditions.