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Supreme Court Rules on Public-Sector Unions : June 27, 2018
Supreme Court Rules on Public-Sector Unions
Melissa Feinberg

On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned a forty-year-old precedent to hold, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, that public-sector unions cannot charge any fees to nonunion employees without their explicit consent. According to the Court, these fees violate the free speech rights of the nonunion members by “compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.” Although one of the most significant decisions to impact labor unions in decades, the ruling was not unexpected. In the 5–4 ruling, conservative justices found a First Amendment violation when nonunion members are “forced to subsidize a union.” ...

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