NY joins other states in brief on union bargaining

Eric Schneiderman
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2014, file photo, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during the annual meeting of the Business Council of New York State at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s attorney general is leading a coalition of states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold two longstanding provisions of collective bargaining agreements for public workers.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the California case in the court’s upcoming term could undermine settled precedent states have relied on for years.

The agency shop and fair share provisions allow a union that a majority of covered employees select as their exclusive bargaining representative to collect an agency fee from all represented employees to cover the costs.

Plaintiffs contend those provisions violate the First Amendment.

Other states joining the court brief are Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and the District of Columbia.

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