'Vacant seat lets unions prevail'

April 6, 2016
Supreme Court Building quoted Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations, in a March 30 story about a Supreme Court case regarding unions:

"A well-planned legal assault on public unions collapsed Tuesday when the Supreme Court deadlocked over a California woman's lawsuit to strike down mandatory fees, the strongest evidence yet that Justice Antonin Scalia's death has stymied the court's conservative justices. The 4-4 split keeps in place a 1970s-era rule that authorizes unions to require municipal employees, teachers, college instructors, and transit workers to pay a ‘fair share fee’ to help cover the cost of collective bargaining. …

"Labor law scholars said unions would have been crippled if employees were told they need not pay anything to support the union. ‘It would have been like a knife in the heart of the unions,’ said Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Massachusetts.' "

This story also ran on Trib Live.