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Media Mentions – Week of July 8, 2018

National Review – SCOTUS Halts Unions’ ‘Hotel California’ Rules

The Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision barred public-sector labor unions from forcing non-members to pay agency fees. What is less well-known is that the decision also mandated prior consent to any fee payments — a so-called “opt-in” requirement that had been missing from the Court’s 2014 opinion in Harris v. Quinn, a case that applied the same forced-fee prohibition to unions representing a special sub-category of public-sector workers.

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Washington Examiner – Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Union And Washington State Conspired To Ripoff Caregivers

A class action lawsuit filed against Washington state and the Service Employees International Union seeks damages on behalf of potentially thousands of state-subsidized inhome caregivers, arguing that the state and the union conspired to divert subsidy money from caregivers who had no intention of joining SEIU.

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The Washington Free Beacon – Big Labor Hit with Another Class Action Suit

The fallout from the Supreme Court’s landmark Janus ruling continued as Washington state workers filed suit to recover their lost wages from forced unionism.

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Competitive Enterprise Institute – Congressional Democrats Seek To Undermine Janus Decision

Last week, the Supreme Court held in Janus v. AFSCME that requiring non-members to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment violates the First Amendment rights of public employees. The decision reverses Supreme Court precedent in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. Under Abood, government employee unions could charge non-union members an agency fee to cover the cost of activities germane to collective bargaining.

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The American Prospect – After Janus: Labor’s Recommitment Campaigns Energize the Rank and File

The first email arrived a month before the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 27 Janus v. AFSCME decision, which struck a blow against the nation’s public-sector unions. On May 17, all 35,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District found personally addressed notes concerning their union, United Teachers Los Angeles, titled “UTLA’s new ‘irrevocable’ membership card.” The message had been sent on the district’s computer messaging system.

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Route Fifty – New Battleground Emerges Over State, Local Government Union Fees

Public worker unions that represent state and local government employees are confronting new legal challenges after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that fees they’d been collecting from non-members were unconstitutional.

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The Lens – The future of right to work in Washington state

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision overturning required union dues for government workers, the Washington-based Freedom Foundation has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of state workers to recover some of the money paid by certain in-home care providers.

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The Epoch Times – Public Employees Seek Retroactive Compensation From Unions

Home-care workers and teachers are looking to walk through the gate opened by the Supreme Court decision on Janus v. AFSCME and collect dues previously taken from them by unions.

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Home Health Care News – Home Care Workers Sue for Reimbursement of Union Fees in Wake of Janus

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the landmark Janus v. AFSCME case is beginning to have ripple effects throughout the home care industry.

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Modern Healthcare – CMS Wants To Drop Rule That Allowed Medicaid To Pay Home Health Workers Dues

The CMS on Tuesday announced it would drop a Medicaid rule that since 2014 has allowed unions to have dues paid through checks sent to state-subsidized home healthcare workers.

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The Daily Caller – Trump Is Cutting Off Big Labor From Skimming Americans’ Medicaid Payments And Unions Are Furious

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is blistering at a proposed regulation that would prevent the union from siphoning fees from American workers’ Medicaid payments.

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The Spokesman – GOP lawmakers want state to change provisions for union dues

State workers who refuse to join a union got their first paychecks Tuesday without deductions known as “agency fees” after a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled they couldn’t be forced to pay them.

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The Daily Caller – WASHINGTON STATE BARRED A UNION-BUSTING SANTA CLAUS FROM TALKING TO EMPLOYEES. NOW SANTA IS SUING

The Freedom Foundation sued Washington state Tuesday for violating the right-to-work think tank’s right to free speech, barring it from passing out leaflets in a public space.

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Washington Free Beacon – Trump Cracks Down On Disability Skimming

The Trump administration is moving to block unions from collecting federal funds directed to care for disabled people, which could cost labor organizations at least $71 million.

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Portland Tribune – My View: Unions May Face Decertification

Decertification actions often occur when members conclude their union is undemocratic, corrupt, inept or has simply overstayed its welcome.

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Ed Source – Battle Ramps Up To Convince California School Employees To Withhold Union Fees

Backers of the landmark lawsuit that has the potential to substantially diminish the power of public employee unions in California and nationally are not sitting back reveling in the victory they won on the Supreme Court late last month.

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Monterey County Weekly – Monterey County Public-Sector Unions Refocus After Supreme Court’s Janus Decision.

Four months ago, about 150 union members and supporters gathered on the lawn of Salinas City Hall the evening after arguments before the Supreme Court in the case Mark Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31.

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Yankee Institute – Federal Regulation Change Could End Union Dues Deduction For Personal Care Attendants In Connecticut

A proposed rule change by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services could end the practice of automatically deducting union dues from personal care attendants in Connecticut who are paid with Medicaid funds.

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IJR – Trump Changed Controversial Obama-Era Rule That Let Unions Use Medicaid to Collect Dues — They’re Furious

Just weeks after public sector unions were dealt a blow with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Janus v. AFSCME case, the Trump administration sent them, as well as his predecessor in office, another message.

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The News Tribune – Unions: A Biased Attack On Freedom Foundation

This Bloomberg article on the Supreme Court decision regarding public-sector unions could have been lifted verbatim from any union website.

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Education Week – With Onslaught of Emails and Ads, Conservative Groups Push Teachers to Drop Their Unions

Conservative, free-market groups across the country have launched campaigns aimed at persuading teachers to drop out of their unions, in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will put a dent in unions’ finances and membership numbers.

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Epoch Times – Home Health Care Workers No Longer Compelled to Fund Union

Public employee unions are having another check placed on their ability to compel workers to pay union dues.

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