Cites Potential Direct Impact on R.I.'s Unionization Law by Supreme Court's Upcoming Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it would hear the case of Harris v Quinn, the case which challenges Illinois' law forcing the unionization of homecare providers.
"The decision that the U.S. Supreme Court eventually issues in this case may well set the precedent for state unionization laws around the country pertaining to homecare and day care providers, including Rhode Island's", R.I. Taxpayers spokesperson Monique Chartier noted.
Following upon the General Assembly's passage this year of a law permitting home daycare providers to unionize, Rhode Island's State Labor Relations Board has been planning to hold an election for providers to determine whether they wish to be exclusively represented by the SEIU. However, the announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court last week that it will take up the matter of whether Illinois' forced unionization law violates the rights of free expression and association of homecare providers is a very significant legal development.
Last week, the R.I. Center for Freedom & Prosperity's Mike Stenhouse cited the "legal morass" that may result from a too-hasty election by Rhode Island home daycare providers under the new law that "may soon be ruled as unconstitutional" by the highest court in the country.
"Mike is right to be concerned about the impact on Rhode Island of the decision by the Supreme Court to hear the Illinois case", emphasized Chartier. "R.I. Taxpayers calls upon the State Labor Relations Board to cancel the election until the Supreme Court issues a decision. We believe that it would be misguided and very irresponsible of the state to hold an election until this significant legal question has been settled."