Use Of Union Fees Is Core Of High Court Case

Law360, New York (February 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said on Tuesday that it would hear a case about whether a local chapter of a union can use fees it collects from nonmembers to pay for litigation involving its national affiliate.

In 2005, the Maine State Employees Association, a local affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, disclosed its finances to its members and nonmembers it represented. Its costs in the previous year included the costs of its litigation involving collective bargaining.

About 20 nonunion fee-payers objected that they were paying...
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