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Samuel A. Alito
Public unions at risk [Editorial]
Public unions at risk [Editorial]

The Supreme Court didn't kill a key underpinning of public sector unionism Monday, but it surely put it on life support. The court's ruling in the Illinois case Harris v. Quinn, which related to the mandatory collection of so-called "fair share" fees from home health care workers whose wages are negotiated by a union whether those workers choose to belong to the union or not, was a relatively narrow one. It turned on the court's decision to draw a line between those aides — who are effectively employed to some extent by individual Medicaid recipients though they are paid the state — and ordinary government workers. But the decision left no doubt that a...