U.S. Supreme CourtJudgement

Workers cannot be forced to pay union dues

30 Jun, 2014

The courts rules that home healthcare workers in Illinois can not be forced to pay union dues.  The 5-4 ruling mostly applies to a group of Illinois home care providers challenged that a state decision to classify them as public employees, which would have meant they would have to pay union dues.  Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the conservative majority, says the practice was a clear violation of the First Amendment:

If we accepted Illinois’ argument, we would approve an unprecedented violation of the bedrock principle that, except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances, no person in this country may be compelled to subsidize speech by a third party that he or she does not wish to support.

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