Thursday, November 14, 2002
Labor As Nathan Newman reports, the Supreme Court has denied cert in an important labor law case, thus leaving intact a Ninth Circuit ruling on a "Beck" issue. "Beck" is shorthand for the complicated law about the extent to which union-represented employees can be required to pay union dues even when they would rather be freeloaders; this ruling allows unions to collect, from those would-be spongers, the costs (among others) of organizing other workplaces. Now, coming from the "right-to-work" South, I've never had to develop an expertise on Beck issues because in the "right to work" states there is a right to be a complete freeloader. Nonetheless, Nathan has explained to me that -- beyond being a good result in a nationwide sense from the point of view of interests that I care about -- this will have indirect but beneficial legal ramifications in related contexts even in right to work states, but I can't tell you about those good consequences unless you know the secret handshake.
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