Supreme Court throws out ruling in case protecting unions from class-action lawsuits

(From The Washington Examiner)

Organized labor, already reeling from a potentially major financial hit thanks to a Supreme Court ruling last week that could result in millions of public-sector workers cutting off funding, could be subject to another blow from the justices: class-action suits from those workers seeking to get paid back from the unions.

In a little-noticed action, the Supreme Court invalidated a ruling last week by the 7th Circuit Court denying class-action certification in a case called Riffey v. Rauner. The case involved nonunion state-subsidized Illinois home healthcare workers seeking to be repaid the funds that for years they were forced to give to the union that ostensibly represented them.

The justices in effect told the lower court to do it again in light of their ruling last week in the case Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Janus found that coerced dues from nonunion public-sector workers were unconstitutional.

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