Supreme Court to Hear Mandatory Fee Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case to strike down mandatory fees collected by unions for support of collective bargaining. The court will hear the case of Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee who objects to paying fees for his union. A ruling against the unions would impact 22 states. The remaining 28 states have right-to-work laws in place, preventing unions from making these collections.

The Supreme Court deadlocked on a similar case two years ago, with a 4-4 vote after Judge Scalia’s death, but Judge Gorsuch is expected to side with Janus. The 4 opposing judges felt states should be allowed to determine their own laws regarding unions.

A decision is expected in June. If the court votes against the unions, labor experts predict a significant number of employees will stop supporting their union.

Read more about the case, and other related cases, here.