* Don Moss sent this out to his members. It’s a pretty good wrap-up, so check it out…
SUPREME COURT DECISION ON HARRIS V. QUINN EXPECTED MONDAY - What started as a relatively minor lawsuit by Pam Harris, a home based parent of a child with severe disabilities in McHenry, Illinois who was fighting an Executive Order by Governor Quinn that would allow for the unionization of parents caring for their children, has taken on major proportions that could affect public employee unions nationwide. As we previously indicated, there are three possible outcomes:
A. The Court could rule that family members can be unionized. If this happens, would those parents become state employees, entitled to collective bargaining, insurance and pensions?
B. The Court could block unionization of family members taking care of their children but do nothing else affecting existing state employees..
C. The Court could bar all government workers from involuntarily having to pay union dues if they choose not to do so–in effect a nationwide right-to-work law. This would be a major change that would affect public school teachers, firemen, police and other government workers on the local, county and state levels.
We received the following message yesterday from Pam Harris:
So you see, we will learn the Harris v Quinn decision on Monday shortly after 9 am. I have no idea why they are holding it to the last day of their term. It never entered my mind that this case would rocket to such importance.
I am preparing a statement and will be sure to send it to you as soon as the decision is issued.
People far smarter than I believe that Justice Alito has written the decision for the majority. This makes it slightly more probable that the decision will favor the Plaintiffs. : )
But I have learned long ago that reading tea leaves is an exercise in futility.
Come Monday, we will know. Then we can hopefully find a way to all move forward.
With kind regards,