Mandatory union fees cast in doubt at U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative wing cast doubt on requirements in more than 20 states that public-sector workers pay fees to the union that represents them.

Hearing arguments Monday in Washington, pivotal justices voiced support for California teachers who contend their First Amendment rights are being violated. The case could affect as many as 5 million public-sector workers across the nation.

Five of the nine justices hinted in a 2014 case that they were poised to let government workers refuse to fund the cost of collective bargaining for pay raises and other matters. That step would be a blow to public-sector unions, which now account for almost half the country’s unionized workers.

The court is considering overturning a 1977 Supreme Court ruling that said public-sector employees can be compelled to pay for union representation as long as they don’t have to cover the cost of political or ideological activities.

Read more: Bloomberg

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