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Meet the Plaintiff
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/21/2014 5:51:02 AM

A 55-year-old woman who earns less than minimum wage caring for her disabled son could unravel decades of labor law and strike a blow against one of the most powerful political lobbies in the nation. Pamela Harris is fighting an Illinois law crafted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.) and enforced by his successor Pat Quinn (D.) that forces her and other home healthcare workers to pay union dues. Her case, Harris v. Quinn, begins oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning “I don’t want to be the face and name associated with anti-union campaign, but this is at

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 1/21/2014 6:14:47 AM     (No. 9699592)

So what does this lady get from the union. It can´t negotiate pay or working conditions since there is no ´employer´

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 1/21/2014 6:22:10 AM     (No. 9699596)

This dear lady is doing what any of us would do...taking care of her son! The article points out that it is far cheaper than sending him to an institution. Who knows what would happen to him there? Look at the lengths our government will go to, to have total control. They won´t even leave home caregivers alone. Can´t imagine what the union thugs are doing to intimidate her.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/21/2014 7:11:08 AM     (No. 9699657)

It´s an embarrassment to live in a society that let´s a case such as this make it to the highest court in the land.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Deedo, 1/21/2014 8:02:52 AM     (No. 9699710)

You have to be a real crocodile to argue against this poor lady´s case. You need to burden her limited finances with union dues for corrupt union bosses´ dinners out and limos, making it harder for her to care for her own disabled son.

The attorneys for the union supporters in court: "Your Honor, we are such victims in this case!"

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hotcorner, 1/21/2014 8:41:51 AM     (No. 9699763)

Unions - at the source of most every problem in the U.S.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/21/2014 8:56:30 AM     (No. 9699792)

Didn´t children day care services also have to join the union and pay dues? This is so the top rung can enjoy their high paying jobs and throw their lavish parties as well as supporting their favorite Dem. for office.
Look at the cities and states where unions are lock-in with their buddy system.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/21/2014 9:14:20 AM     (No. 9699823)

FTA:

"Josh receives $715 each month from Medicaid"

You take the government money, you dance to their tune.

I am as anti-union as they come, but the truth is, Josh´s mom is not being forced to pay any out of pocket $$$. Its a percentage of the medicaid payment. The real scandal here is the union got a law passed that allowed them to skim $$$ of of gov subsidies.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lazlototh, 1/21/2014 10:13:06 AM     (No. 9699896)

I can´t say IANAL because I am....but not a litigator, and not a labor lawyer. I hope she wins but I haven´t read the briefs and the articles don´t tell us what her basis for challenging the law is. Justice Scalia often tells law students that "dumb but constitutionally permissible" is STILL constitutionally permissible so I hope there is a good argument that it is unconstitutional - but I´m not sure what that argument is.

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