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Q & A on Harris v. Quinn

Published January 6th, 2014 -

Here (with apologies for the conversational style) is a Q & A on Harris v. Quinn that I did with Salon’s excellent labor reporter, Josh Eidelson. The interview focuses on the potential implications of Harris, but Eidelson also asked an interesting qu... More »

Labor Law Profs File Amicus in Harris v. Quinn

Published December 30th, 2013 -

Here is the amicus brief filed in Harris v. Quinn on behalf of Respondents by a group of labor law professors (and authored by Charlotte Garden and Matthew Bodie).  The brief makes a number of arguments, among them the following (from the Summary): I. Unlike i... More »

Respondents’ Merits Brief in Harris v. Quinn

Published December 23rd, 2013 -

Respondents filed their merits briefs today in Harris v. Quinn, this Term’s big public sector union case.  Here they are: Brief of Governor Pat Quinn Brief of AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU Local 73  Brief of SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana   More »

Harris v. Quinn: Agency Fees and Exclusive Representation

Published December 12th, 2013 -

As we have explained, Harris v. Quinn concerns the constitutionality of “fair share” – or “agency fee” – provisions in public sector collective bargaining agreements.  That the constitutionality of agency fee provisions is the question in Harris has been clear... More »

Petitioners’ Merits Brief in Harris [Updated]

Published November 22nd, 2013 -

The Petitioners’ merits brief in the big public sector union case in the Supreme Court, Harris v. Quinn, was filed today and can be found here.  (The Joint Appendix is here.)  Former Obama administration Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, along with his Hog... More »