Justices Appear Sharply Split On Public Union Agency Fees

Law360, Washington (February 26, 2018, 4:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared ideologically split over whether public workers who are not union members can be forced to pay so-called agency fees that cover the cost of collective bargaining, and Justice Neil Gorsuch, the potential swing vote, remained silent.

The justices heard oral arguments in an appeal by Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services employee Mark Janus seeking to overturn the landmark 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education decision. That ruling allowed public employers to require nonunion workers in union-represented...
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