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Unions – Fair Share Fees

For 41 years, explicit Supreme Court precedent authorized state‐government entities and unions to enter into agreements under which the unions could receive fair‐share fees from nonmembers to cover the costs incurred when the union negotiated or acted on their behalf over terms of employment.

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Stacey Mooney is a public-school teacher in Eureka (Illinois) Community School District #140. She is not a member of respondent Illinois Education Association (“IEA”), the union that serves as the exclusive representative of her employee unit in collective bargaining with the school district.

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Due Process Violation

R.A.S. appeals an order involuntarily committing him under WIS. STAT. ch. 51 after a jury trial, arguing that the special verdict question pertaining to dangerousness violated his right to due process because the question did not require five-sixths of the jurors to agree that he was dangerous under WIS. STAT. § 51.20(1)(a)2.c. or that he was dangerous under § 51.20(1)(a)2.d.

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Termination of Parental Rights

J.J. appeals an order of the circuit court terminating his parental rights to his child, V.J. J.J. pleaded no contest to the allegation that he failed to assume parental responsibility for V.J. J.J. contends that he is entitled to withdraw that plea because he received ineffective assistance of counsel at the grounds phase of the termination of parental rights (TPR) proceeding and because his no contest plea was not supported by a factual basis.

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Petition for Rehearing En Banc

The opinion of this court issued on August 8, 2019, is amended as follows: At the end of the paragraph that carries from page 4 to page 5 add, “Sterlinski has not contended that non-Catholics are ever hired as organists by the Parish, and we need not consider the potential bearing of that possibility.”

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