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Supreme Court's Janus ruling seen as setback for public-sector unions in Maryland

Supreme Court's Janus ruling seen as setback for public-sector unions in Maryland

After the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that public employees cannot be forced to pay union fees, labor union leaders in Maryland called it another attack on worker rights and vowed to step up their fights to improve workplaces.

In a setback for the unions, the federal justices overturned a 41-year-old precedent by a 5-4 vote, ruling that the 1st Amendment protects teachers, police officers and other public employees from being required to support a private group whose views may differ from theirs.

The decision, in Janus vs. AFSCME, strikes down laws in Maryland, California, New York and 19 other mostly Democratic-leaning states that authorize unions to negotiate contracts...

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