Harris v Quinn Decision Means That Union Fees Now Optional for Public Employees

Article ID: 619999

Released: 30-Jun-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: Cornell University

Expert Pitch

Esta Bigler, labor relations expert and Director of Labor and Employment Law Programs at the Cornell University ILR School, says today’s Supreme Court decision on Harris v. Quinn means that some union employees won’t pay their fair share of collective bargaining costs.

Bigler says:

“The Supreme Court in Harris v. Quinn decided today that personal assistants in the Illinois Rehabilitation Program, represented by SEIU, are not full-fledged public employees and thus do not have to pay an amount equal to dues and fees to SEIU.

“The court treated the question as a traditional First Amendment case and found no compelling state interest for the employees to pay their fair share of the costs of collective bargaining by their union.”


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