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January 19, 2019

Weekly litigation report — January 19, 2019

Oral argument held again in Knick at the Supreme Court On January 16, the Supreme Court heard reargument in Knick v. Scott Township, the case where Rose Knick sued her town after it declared the public could trespass on her property in order to search for some old stones, claimed to be colonial-era graves. Knick ...

June 27, 2018

First Amendment wins! Unions cannot steal non-members’ wages

After 40 years of garnishing worker paychecks under the authority of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, today the Supreme Court held in Janus v. AFSCME that the coercion must end. In a 5-4 split, the Court today holds that the First Amendment prohibits states from giving public employee unions the special privilege of docking ...

December 19, 2017

SCOTUSblog symposium on Janus v. AFSCME

Today begins SCOTUSblog's online symposium discussing the case that could free government workers nationwide from being coerced to support public employee unions. ...

December 01, 2017

One step closer to protecting workers’ rights

After 40 years of garnishing worker paychecks under the authority of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the coercion must end. It's about time the unions started thinking about how to offer value to workers. ...

October 02, 2017

Janus op-ed in the Daily Journal

Today’s Daily Journal celebrates the first day of the new Supreme Court Term by publishing an array of op-eds on pending cases, including my own take on Janus v. AFCSME. That case will decide whether to overrule Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 40-year old decision that grants to public employee unions an extraordinary benefit ...

July 13, 2017

Liberating workers from compulsory unionism

The very powerful public employee unions in Illinois have long relied on their favored status to garnish wages of workers and "represent" them in politically-fraught negotiations over collective bargaining agreements with the state. The unions' power is so great that state laws allow them to steal wages and purport to speak for workers who are ...

April 01, 2016

President's weekly report — April 1, 2016

Supreme Court member apologizes  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today issued an apology today on behalf of all Justices, living and dead, who ever espoused the notion of a “living constitution.” Saying that she was visited by the ghost of her late friend, Nino Scalia, she exclaimed, “it’s a stable constitution that we need, no ...

March 29, 2016

Teachers’ constitutional rights: out with a whimper

I wrote about today’s Supreme Court affirmance-by-tie-vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association for Forbes.com.  The bottom line is that today’s decision is a profound disappointment to non-union public employees who were this close to prevailing over the unions’ ability to garnish their wages for politicking in the g ...

September 11, 2015

Government unions: the Praetorian Band of the government

America's founding fathers knew their ancient history well. The experiences of Greece and Rome were almost the only guides they had when fashioning a government that wasn't a monarchy. And one thing they feared was what they called "Caesarism": the tendency of a popular government to devolve into competing teams, each grasping for power and ...

September 11, 2015

Opening salvos in the teacher union dues case

The briefing in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is underway. You'll recall that this Supreme Court case presents the issue of whether public employee unions can garnish the wages of non-union members to support the unions' collective bargaining and other political activities, without those workers' consent. Rebecca Friedrichs and her ...