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Workers, Unions Face Big Loss in Top Labor Case at Supreme Court

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  • The real issue … is whether public worker unions can survive a big loss of revenue as not just present “free riders” refuse to pay, but everyone else does, too – and can get away with it. Justice Elena Kagan estimated that thousands of union contracts and 10 million workers could be affected.
  • Part 1: Workers, Unions May Face Big Loss At Supreme CourtPart 2: Title
  • Part 2: Attorney: high court ruling could hurt all workers, union and non-union

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Part 1: Workers, Unions May Face Big Loss At Supreme Court

The unions face another big, 5-4 loss when the jurists decide the top labor case of their 2015-16 session. A decision is due before the end of June.

Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News / United Steelworkers

http://www.usw.org/blog/2016/image/139876297.jpgJanuary 12, 2016 | Workers and public sector unions faced sharp questions about union dues, agency fees and what they’re used for – or not used for – at the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11.

And if the questions and comments from the justices, particularly “swing vote” Justice Anthony Kennedy, are any indication, the unions face another big, 5-4 loss when the jurists decide the top labor case of their 2015-16 session. A decision is due before the end of June.

Mark Gruenberg, Editor, Press Associates Union News

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Part 2: Attorney: high court ruling could hurt all workers, union and non-union

"This case should be seen for what it is: it would place substantial limitations on the ability of working people to advocate for themselves," Service Employees Associate General Counsel Maryann Parker says.

Mark Gruenberg, People's World 

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January 7 2016 | A potential negative ruling in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case involving public workers and their unions could hurt all workers nationwide in their fight for their rights and decency on the job, a top public workers' union attorney warns.

"This case should be seen for what it is: it would place substantial limitations on the ability of working people to advocate for themselves," Service Employees Associate General Counsel Maryann Parker says.

Mark Gruenberg is the editor of Press Associates Inc. (PAI), a union news service.

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Pennsylvania Court Says Denying Ex-Offenders Jobs Is Unconstitutional

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US Attorney Declines Prosecution of Former VA Execs

Rubens and Graves were accused of obtaining more than $400,000 in questionable moving expenses through a relocation program for VA executives, the inspector general's report said.

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Dec 29, 2015 | Federal prosecutors have decided not to press criminal charges against two former executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who were accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said Thursday it has declined a referral from the VA inspector general for criminal prosecution of Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves.

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