Circuit Court In Agreement With Idaho Court
Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with a lower court’s ruling striking down a 2011 anti-union law in Idaho.
The judges unanimously upheld a U.S. district court ruling which found the measure conflicted with federal law.
The law that never did take effect would have banned unions from using funds collected from workers to offset the cost of bids by union contractors on jobs.
The Idaho attorney general’s office warned lawmakers in 2011 that the law would likely be overturned because it went against the National Labor Relations Act. The bill did pass the Idaho Senate 25-8 and the House 55-15 and Governor Otter signed it into law.
Labor unions later sued the state over the law and won. The state then appealed to the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals.