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Supreme Court on unions: Could have been worse, but still not good
Supreme Court on unions: Could have been worse, but still not good

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could have ridden to the rescue of public employee unions in Harris vs. Quinn, the important labor rights case the Court decided Monday, as some scholars thought he might. But he didn't.   In a 1991 case, Scalia issued a ringing endorsement of the principle of union "agency fees"--payments non-union members make to unions that negotiate their contracts--which were at issue in Harris. (Harris was second-most-anticipated ruling of the day, after the Hobby Lobby birth control case.) In the event, however, he was silent, his name appearing in a couple of places in Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion, and once, mischievously,...

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