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What Will Supreme Court Decision Mean For Oregon Home Health Workers?

OPB | July 3, 2014 12:45 p.m.

Heather Conroy is the executive director of SEIU Local 503

Heather Conroy is the executive director of SEIU Local 503

courtesy of SEIU Local 503

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling released Monday could affect home health care workers in Oregon. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that home health care workers in Illinois have the right to opt out of union dues if they don’t want union representation. However, union representation looks a bit different for Oregon’s home health care workers than it does in Illinois, so what the case will mean for Oregon’s workers remains an open question.

We’ll dig into this with SEIU Local 503 executive director Heather Conroy. On Wednesday, we heard from Jill Gibson, who is pushing for a 2016 ballot measure to allow all public employees to opt out of union representation.


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