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Top U.S. Court Again Rejects Challenge to Core Union Authority

June 7, 2021, 1:33 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider whether an Ohio union can represent a high school Spanish teacher who isn’t a union member, marking at least the fourth time the court has rejected a request to review a core tenet of labor-management relations known as exclusive representation.

The justices on Monday let stand the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s decision that reluctantly threw out Jade Thompson’s lawsuit alleging that the Marietta Education Association violated her free speech rights by serving as her sole bargaining agent with management.

The Sixth Circuit’s ruling criticized the “take-it-or-leave-it system” that requires ...

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