June 30th, 2014
10:31 AM ET
3 months ago

Supreme Court narrowly limits labor-union powers

(CNN) – The Supreme Court on Monday narrowly limited the power of labor unions to collect dues for collective bargaining from some home health-care workers.

The 5-4 ruling comes in a case brought by Illinois care providers who disagreed with the state's decision to classify them as state employees and require them to pay fees to a union.

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  1. Bob

    I have no problem with people at a company not paying union dues BUT the union should go to court and those workers should be forced to work out their own contract and NOT benefit form the union's contract. Fair is Fair.

    June 30, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Gundersen wrote:

    Rudy: News Flash. True we need good workers and good management. Working at a job is pretty easy. Being a good Steward of a Company is much more Hazardous. Wise up.
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    NEWS FLASH: Paying people less than a living wage turns them into bitter workers, not good ones. History has shown that in every society where income disparity becomes a social issue, the pitch forks are not far behind.

    June 30, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Silence DoGood

    @Gunderson "People are also voting against the Unions by about a 9 to 1 margin"
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    And of course you know WAY more than Gallup (they do polls) who put union popularity around 1 to 1 (~50%).

    June 30, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Gunderson

    Um, Sorry,
    RUDY. Unlike you businesses have to stay profitable to be able to stay in business!!! Old Gunderson didn't invent system! You think too much like Central Planner. Worked well in old Soviet Union. Old Gunderson like Cut Fat Hog in Ass too. That what they try in Michigan. That what Auto Unions try. When you get between 65 and 78 dollars hour pretty soon money run out. But keep trying. Maybe pretty soon you get back to "Good Times". Old Gunderson just trying to stay on Turnip Truck.

    June 30, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Um, Sorry,
    RUDY. Unlike you businesses have to stay profitable to be able to stay in business!!! Old Gunderson didn't invent system! You think too much like Central Planner. Worked well in old Soviet Union. Old Gunderson like Cut Fat Hog in Ass too. That what they try in Michigan. That what Auto Unions try. When you get between 65 and 78 dollars hour pretty soon money run out. But keep trying. Maybe pretty soon you get back to "Good Times". Old Gunderson just trying to stay on Turnip Truck.
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    You're arguing against history. The pitch forks have always come out once the income disparity reaches a certain point.

    June 30, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @Gunderson
    Um, Sorry,
    RUDY. Unlike you businesses have to stay profitable to be able to stay in business!!! Old Gunderson didn't invent system! You think too much like Central Planner. Worked well in old Soviet Union. Old Gunderson like Cut Fat Hog in Ass too. That what they try in Michigan. That what Auto Unions try. When you get between 65 and 78 dollars hour pretty soon money run out. But keep trying. Maybe pretty soon you get back to "Good Times". Old Gunderson just trying to stay on Turnip Truck.
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    When workers are grossly underpaid, they need to get foodstamps and other public assistance.
    Sounds like ol' Gunderson thinks corporations should get part of their profit from foodstamps!

    June 30, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Brought to you by the people who claim that people receiving welfare or other social assistance "have no skin in the game" and "should have to pay a nominal tax for all the benefits of gov't that they are receiving."

    If you can't understand the hypocrisy involved in them turning around and trying to gut unions by making it possible for people to refuse to pay for the union but mandatory that the union represent them and that they receive all the benefits of the union, then you are not paying attention.

    June 30, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. labman57

    If corporate shills within the SCOTUS and among Republican legislators had their way, all labor unions would be banned and all federal and state labor laws regulating workplace conditions - including child labor laws - would be repealed.
    Workers' comp, overtime, paid vacation, health benefits, sick leave, pension funds, Social Security, minimum wage, etc. ... all would be distant memories.

    June 30, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Easy fix for this kind of thing; legislate that if you pay, you get union bennies, but if not, then you are on your own. Period. Legislating that it is mandatory that the union contracts cover non-union employees and that non-union employees get to have all the benefit of union representation without paying for it just makes the entire decision of whether to pay union dues a false choice. And what will be so fun about it is that the GOP/Teatrolls will suddenly find themselves in a situation where they are arguing adamantly that "no no no, you have to make union benefits available to all employees regardless of whether they are a paying member, because something something fairness." And then we can go to town on them for their hypocrisy, their sudden acknowledgment that unions actually do benefit and protect employees and make life better for labor, etc....all while they argue that people should be allowed to shirk personal responsibility and freeload off the rest of the labor force who is paying dues. If they want this war, they can have it.

    June 30, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Bob says:
    June 30, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am
    I have no problem with people at a company not paying union dues BUT the union should go to court and those workers should be forced to work out their own contract and NOT benefit form the union’s contract. Fair is Fair.

    I agree Bob. No one should be forced to pay Union dues that doesn't want to pay them. However if that's your choice, you're on your own. The Union doesn't represent you and when you're feeling mistreated go talk to your boss and see how he deals with it. The Unions were in place for a reason. Don't come looking to the Union for assistance.

    June 30, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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