Union's Fee System Unconstitutional, Court Rules

Law360, New York (August 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that a union could not require non-members to object each year to fees unrelated to collective bargaining, reversing a decision by a New York district court and remanding several other claims the lower court had dismissed.

The court concluded that Professional Staff Congress, a union representing employees of the City University of New York, violated federal labor law and the First Amendment by failing to ensure fair representation of employees who paid its fees.

“We conclude that PSC's procedures for dealing...
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