Supreme Court Deals Devastating Blow to Government Unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that public-sector unions for state and local employees can’t force nonmembers to pay a “fair-share” union fee.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court said collecting an agency fee from public sector employees who decide not to join the union violates the First Amendment.

The court’s conservative wing, led by Justice Samuel Alito, overturned a 1977 court precedent that allowed public-sector unions to accept fees from nonmembers to cover nonpolitical union activities like collective bargaining.

The court said Abood was poorly reasoned and wrongly decided.

Read more at The Hill.