SCOTUS: Private contractors don't have to pay union dues even if union bargains for them

This is a partial victory for non-union workers who are employed in the public health system. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Illinois private contractors who supplied home health care services under Medicaid, were not obligated to pay dues to SEIU. CBS News: In a split decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that under the First Amendment, private health care contractors are not obligated to pay public sector union dues even if they are paid by public health care programs. The 5 to 4 decision does not eviscerate the "fair share" fees that public unions collect from all public sector workers, regardless of whether they are in the union or not. However, it does cut off public unions from tapping into the growing market of private contractors who work in public health care systems. Monday's decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, pertained to Illinois home-care workers who refused to pay "fair share" fees to a...(Read Full Post)