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Justice Neil Gorsuch Gets A Chance To Prove His Mettle
« on: June 07, 2017, 08:58:33 AM »
His decision is a no brainer, let's hope he doesn't let us down.

The woman at the center of the forced dues case that deadlocked in the Supreme Court in 2016 hopes that two new legal challenges can overturn mandatory union representation for government employees.

Longtime California elementary school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs told the Washington Free Beacon she was "thrilled" to learn the National Right to Work Foundation had petitioned the high court to reconsider the 1977 Abood decision, which allowed government agencies to make the payment of union dues a condition of employment.

"I'm thrilled that others across the country are continuing the work that we began and I'm relieved that cases are already reaching the court," she said. "I am so proud of [the plaintiffs] because you take a lot of heat when you stand up. I'm grateful for them hopefully finishing this fight."

The foundation submitted briefs on Tuesday asking the court to hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 31 and Hill v. Service Employees International Union, Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas. Both cases arose out of Illinois.

The Janus case challenges whether "public employees can constitutionally be forced to subsidize union speech to influence government policymakers" in the form of dues paid to a labor union, according to petition filed to the court. The Hill case was brought by several home healthcare workers who object to the state's treatment of SEIU as the voice of their industry.

"Petitioners oppose being forced to associate with SEIU and its advocacy. In their Amended Complaint, they allege that the First Amendment prohibits the State and SEIU from forcing them to accept SEIU as their mandatory agent for speaking and contracting with the State over public policies that affect their professions," the petition says.

Her case reached the Supreme Court in January 2016. Friedrichs was confident that the court would overturn Abood and put an end to forced unionism following oral arguments in which the justices grilled lawyers for the union and school district.

Scalia died in February 2016 before the case was decided. In the wake of his death, the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4. The tie represented a victory for the union because lower courts did not have the authority to overturn the Abood precedent. The court rejected a petition from Friedrichs to rehear the case once a ninth justice was appointed.

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Re: Justice Neil Gorsuch Gets A Chance To Prove His Mettle
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 06:24:21 PM »
Because the government hires you it can force you to subsidize a specific political agenda?


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