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U.S. Supreme Court leaves door open to more litigation on union fees

On Board Online • July 21 2014

By Jay Worona
General Counsel

In a closely watched decision with potential implications for public employee unions thoroughout the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the First Amendment prohibits the collection of agency shop fees in the particular case of home health-care aides, also called personal assistants (PAs), in Illinois.

Agency shop fees are partial dues paid by individuals who, by virtue of their employment, are members of a collective bargaining unit but do not wish to join the union that represents members of the bargaining unit. The fees compensate the union for the benefits that the individuals receive when the union negotiates on behalf of all members of the bargaining unit.

Like New York, Illinois is among 26 states that require public-sector workers – including teachers and certain other school employees – to pay agency fees if they decline to join the union.

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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Graduation Rates

FOR RELEASE:  June 23, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The good news is today’s graduation rates show slight progress in the percentage of students graduating statewide, and that rate has been trending upward.

The bad news is that we continue to see persistent achievement gaps based on race and ethnicity, as well as school district wealth.

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