WASHINGTON — Public unions suffered a loss after the most recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which said that unions cannot force nonmembers to pay them union dues and fees. The court case’s name was Harris v. Quinn.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Illinois home-based care workers, who were being pushed to pay dues to a union that they did not want to join.
The majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, said that the aides were not full-fledged public employees even if paid by the state of Illinois. That status ensured that these workers did not have to pay or join the union because it would violate their First Amendment rights.
The decision was 5-4 in favor of the workers and directly affected the Service Employees International Union, or known by the acronym SEIU and for their distinct purple and yellow shirts.