With a full complement of 9 Justices now sitting on the Supreme Court bench, it appears likely that SCOTUS will finally revisit the Abood v Detroit Board of Education decision rendered back in 1977. That decision by the Berger Court granted unions the right to collect “fees” from employees even though those employees may have chosen not to belong to the union. Under Abood, whether they wanted to or not, workers could be required to pay money to the union that “represented” them. A challenge was brought to the court a few years ago out of the state of California, but the death of Justice Antonin Scalia left the court with 8 justices deadlocked on the issue. Now with Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s appointee, enjoying his first term on SCOTUS, the deadlock is likely gone and a new challenge (this one from the state of Illinois), Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is pending before SCOTUS and will be decided by the end of SCOTUS’ current term. Regardless how the court may rule in Janus, voters in Missouri will be asked to decide the issue on the 2018 statewide ballot. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified over 250,000 (140,000 were needed) voter signatures seeking to overturn the state’s right to work law, passed by the legislature earlier this year, signed by Governor Eric Greitens and set to take effect in August. The certification puts that on hold for the November election.