The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 12, 2013
Column Extra: More info about Knox v. SEIU Local 1000

130912-US-Supreme-Court.jpgThis week's State Worker column looks at how much and to whom SEIU Local 1000 is making repayment for special assessments it wrongly took from nonmembers, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, to fund political activities in 2005 and 2006.

While Local 1000 wouldn't talk about it, the attorney on the other side did. The column lays out what James Young said about how many people will get some money back and how much.

Here are a few links and documents that informed the column:

SEIU Local 1000's Information and FAQs: Knox Judgment Refunds

Bloomberg Law's SCOTUS Blog's page for Knox v. SEIU International Union, Local 1000

The petition to the U.S. Supreme Court by Diane Knox and other SEIU nonmembers

The response by SEIU Local 1000

The U.S. Supreme Court's Knox majority ruling and dissent

With just 400 to 450 words for our weekly State Worker column, much of what we learn each week never sees print. Column Extras give you some of the notes, the quotes, the documents and the observations that inform what's published.

PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court building. The Associated Press/Pat Benic

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