June 30, 2014
Politico has a brief summary of today’s Harris v. Quinn decision from the U.S. Supreme Court here. As with the Hobby Lobby decision, it is narrow and cautious. It is entirely limited to the attempt by the Illinois legislature to force home health care workers into unions, and likely does not apply directly to other fact patterns.
However, language in the opinion savaging Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which ruled that forced unionization for public employees was constitutional in 1977, has given renewed hope to those challenging forced unionization that the Court is moving in the direction of recognizing the right not to join a union.