US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions

Alexander on Supreme Court Ruling on Harris v. Quinn

Says decision protects families “from a disturbing union scheme to turn private homes into unionized workplaces”

Monday, June 30, 2014

Washington, D.C., June 30 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on today’s decision by the Supreme Court on Harris v. Quinn, in which the court ruled it unconstitutional for home-based personal care providers who receive Medicaid payments for their work to be forced to pay union fees.

“Today’s decision is good news for our nation’s families, who are now protected from a disturbing union scheme to turn private homes into unionized workplaces,” said Alexander, the senior Republican on the committee overseeing labor policy. “The Supreme Court has preserved the First Amendment rights of dedicated parents like Pam Harris to not associate with a union and keeps union hands out of the pockets of those providing care to their disabled family members.”

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