In a victory for unions, the Supreme Court recently let stand a lower court ruling that said employees can be forced to pay mandatory dues for union organizing that occurs in workplaces other than their own. The case involved grocery workers in California, Colorado and Michigan who paid for organizing activities in other stores' markets. (Mulder v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 01-1867)
Reasoning: In the initial ruling, the National Labor Relations Board said workers benefit when salaries rise in their occupation, not only in the stores where they work. The 9th Circuit upheld the decision, and the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal.