Exclusive representation violates the First Amendment

January 06, 2017 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

New York laws and regulations deem family daycare providers (individuals who operate daycare businesses in their homes) to be “public employees” and requires a union to be the daycare providers’ exclusive representative for bargaining with (e.g., lobbying) the state over daycare regulations and policies. The workers who are “ ...


Worker free speech rights case to be argued before the Supreme Court

January 20, 2014 | By TIMOTHY SANDEFUR

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Harris v. Quinn, which involves the free speech rights of workers who are forced by the government to support unions directly out of their paychecks. This case may turn out to be one of the most important decisions of the year, and you can read about … ...


Public employee “collective bargaining” = lobbying

December 02, 2013 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

In Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of an Illinois executive order and law that declares all personal home assistants to be public employees, for the sole purpose of being represented by a collective bargaining unit of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that seeks to lobby for greater government ...