SCOTUS Takes On Blago

This could be interesting:

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 its heart a mother doing what she thinks is right for her son,” she told the Washington Free Beacon. “I don’t see this as a union issue, but the current administration in Illinois has an unhealthy relationship with public sector unions. We got swept up in that.”

Ms. Harris provides care to her son, who has a very rare disease that leaves him completely disabled. However, because she gets payments from Medicaid for this, under a Blagojevich law, she has to pay union dues (although without getting union benefits). No word yet on whether Illinois Democrats plan to deduct UAW dues if you get a tax credit for buying a hybrid car.

There is a lot of fear on the Left over what SCOTUS will do, because they could rule very broadly and strike a devastating blow against organized labor. However, I think that hype is overblown. The pattern of the Roberts court is to rule conservatively but narrowly. I expect it is very likely they will strike down this specific law 5-4 but avoid broadly striking down similar laws. The Left will freak out and go back to hating Roberts. And it’s likely some forced unionization laws will be nipped in the bud or be repealed. So expect a step against government-supported labor cartels, but not a decisive blow.

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