SCOTUS Grants Cert on Public Employee Union Dues Case

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in a case questioning the constitutionality of state imposing a mid-term union due on employees when the dues are intended by the state for political purposes. The full briefs  in for Knox v. Service Employees Int’l Union can be found here.

According to SCOTUSBlog, Knox and the other non-members of the union filed a petition for certiorari, which the Supreme Court granted on June 27, 2011. The petition presented the question of whether a state may condition employment on the payment of a special union assessment intended solely for political and ideological expenditures without first providing notice; and  whether a state may condition continued public employment on the payment of union agency fees for purposes of financing political expenditures for ballot measures.

Another major issue in this case is whether the case is moot now due to SEIU’s offer to the employees to refund the dues 100% along with $1 of nominal damages. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on January 10, 2012 so only time will tell what the Court thinks about the constitutionality or possible mootness of this case.

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