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Justices Urged Not to Review Minnesota Union Representation Cases

April 4, 2019, 1:39 PM

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison called on the U.S. Supreme Court to deny review of litigation involving unions’ authorities to provide exclusive representation for public-sector bargaining units.

Ellison (D) filed briefs April 3 in two cases in which courts agreed that state statutes authorizing exclusive union representation were constitutional and didn’t conflict with workers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech or association. Supported by right-to-work legal advocacy groups, the public employees in both cases asserted the state can’t designate an exclusive representative to speak on their behalf in dealings with units of government.

“Despite the concerted nationwide assault on...

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