This morning, the SCOTUS ruled–by a 5-4 vote–that Illinois home health care workers cannot be forced to pay dues to a union to which they don’t want to belong. The court’s conservative majority, led by Justice Alito (who makes no secret of his anti-union sentiments), declared that because the home health care workers are not “full-fledged public employees,” they do not have to abide by laws that require state employees to contribute financially to a union.
While today’s decision is certainly a blow to organized labor, many union leaders and members are relieved that for the time being, the 1977 Abood decision that grants states the right to require workers to pay union dues remains intact. But given that unions are under attack in all parts of the country (there’s even a group of CA teachers who are suing to stay out of their union), it’s very likely that the Supreme Court
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