Locke v. Karass

Date: August 11, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court

In Locke, the Court will decide whether a national union that functions as the exclusive bargaining agent for certain state employees can charge local nonmembers for litigation expenses, even where the litigation does not affect the local union.  The Court has previously held that unions can charge nonmembers a service fee to cover expenses related to collective bargaining and contract administration, but cannot charge nonmembers to support political or ideological expression.

Status:  DECIDED.  Court ruled that in certain circumstances a local union may charge a nonmember an appropriate share of its contribution to a national union’s litigation expenses in January 2009.

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