High Court Backs Union's National Litigation Fee

Law360, New York (January 21, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a labor union can compel nonmembers to subsidize litigation outside those nonmembers' collective bargaining unit, rejecting the petitioners' argument that the union violated their constitutional rights by charging them a fee for litigation that did not directly benefit their local.

The nation's highest court handed down a unanimous opinion Wednesday in Locke et al. v. Karass et al., holding that the First Amendment permits a local union to charge nonmembers for national litigation expenses, contingent on two conditions....
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