Friday, September 5, 2008
Tony Mauro on the Blog of the Legal Times reports that the Supreme Court has denied the Solicitor General's request to present argument in Locke v. Karass, a case in which deals with whether the fees paid by non-union members of a bargaining unit to cover the cost of collective bargaining can be used for litigation that does not directly benefit their bargaining unit.This denial is noteworthy because such denials are very rare. Usually, if the SG wants some time, the Supreme Court is only too happy to provide it.
According to Mauro, the employees who challenged the use of their money objected to the SG's participation, and the interest group supporting them (the National Right to Work Foundation) has said that the request (and brief filed by the SG) was "yet another example of the Bush Administration doing the bidding of labor unions in disputes over mandatory union fees."
Hmmmm. The Bush administration doing the bidding of labor unions? Seriously? Wow.