9th Circ. Says National Fee Hike Didn't Violate Union Law

Law360, New York (March 7, 2013, 6:59 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that federal union law didn't prohibit the Laborers International Union of North America from imposing a new fee on members without giving each individual a chance to vote on the change.

The appeals court said that under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, national and international umbrella labor organizations such as LIUNA legally can create new fees by holding a national convention vote and then require local affiliates to adopt them.

Retired worker Alex Corns claimed a new LIUNA "organizing fee"...
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