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Union Foes See Blood in the Water After Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court poked a hole in the sails of public sector labor unions Monday in a ruling foes of forced unionization see as foundational for a later, larger triumph.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority in Harris v. Quinn, found Illinois cannot force taxpayer-subsidized home health care providers to pay union dues.


The majority’s qualms about the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education decision lay the groundwork for a larger legal fight, says Patrick Semmens, vice president at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which funded the Harris lawsuit.

“Head-on challenges to forced union dues are going to be coming,” Semmens tells U.S. News. “If we have workers who want to take that fight on we’re willing to provide free legal aid. It definitely seems like this court is willing to hear that case.”


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