(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

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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