AFJ AUDIO ANALYSIS: This case, which involves workers in Illinois who provide in-home care to disabled individuals, is being watched as a potential for overreach. A decision to strike down mandatory fair share fees could potentially deal a major blow to the ability of unions to bargain on behalf of their workers. Click on the case name to read our analysis, featuring audio excerpts from oral arguments.
AFJ Audio Analysis
Alliance for Justice analyzes key cases before the United States Supreme Court, and circuit courts of appeals, using audio excerpts from oral arguments.
In the Supreme Court’s 2000 decision in Hill v. Colorado, a 6-3 majority upheld Colorado’s “buffer zone” law, which prevents anti-abortion protesters from harassing patients and interfering with the operation of clinics that provide abortion services. McCullen v. Coakley revisits the buffer zone debate, and threatens to dismantle this precedent, which allows states to safeguard the access of women and their families’ to reproductive health services.
Air pollution that travels by wind poses a serious threat both to downwind states’ ability to meet air quality standards and to the health and safety of downwind states’ residents. Pollution from factories in states like Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan may wind up causing serious health problems in states like Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland. Congress responded to this problem by including in the Clean Air Act a “good neighbor” provision, which requires upwind states to implement policies that prevent them from emitting pollution that “significantly contributes” to air quality problems in downwind states.
Affirmative action was back before the Supreme Court on Oct. 15 In 2006, a majority of the Michigan electorate voted to approve Proposal 2, a referendum that amended the state constitution to eliminate race-based considerations in admission to the state’s universities. Such considerations are not only constitutional based on the federal Constitution, but have always… Read more »