High Court Nixes Mother’s Union Challenge

By Bill McMorris

A home health aide’s bid to sever ties between workers and Service Employees International Union came to an end Monday when the Supreme Court declined to hear her case.

Rebecca Hill, a full-time caregiver to her disabled daughter, filed suit asking the court to end Illinois’s recognition of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas as the sole bargaining agent for her and other personal aides in the state.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represented Hill and several other parents caring for disabled children, said the state’s treatment of the union as the exclusive voice of all health aides violated their freedom of association. Foundation spokesman Patrick Semmens said the court’s denial ensures that labor groups will continue to be privileged over the rights and concerns of workers.

“We’re disappointed that the High Court has declined to review this scheme, especially for the homecare providers in Illinois who will now remained trapped in state-imposed union representation they oppose,” he said.

Neither the SEIU, nor SEIU Healthcare returned requests for comment.

Illinois’s approach to home healthcare workers has laid the groundwork for legal challenges to arrangements between state and local governments and public sector unions. The Supreme Court struck …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon