High Court Hears Arguments In Union Fee Use Suit

Law360, New York (October 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case before the U.S. Supreme Court about whether a local chapter of a union can use fees it collects from nonmembers to pay for litigation involving its national affiliate, petitioners have argued that such activity is constitutionally barred.

The First and Fourteenth Amendments don't permit public employers to compel non-union employees to subsidize the union's expressive speech of a political nature in a public forum, specifically litigation in courts and before administrative agencies not involving their bargaining unit, W. James Young, an attorney with...
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