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Government worker unions worried about Supreme Court move to rule on dues

Government worker unions worried about Supreme Court move to rule on dues

Maryland labor leaders expressed concern Tuesday after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the right of government worker unions to collect fees from nonmembers — a move that could undermine the unions' financial footing. Opponents of such fees say they violate the First Amendment by forcing government workers to subsidize unions they do not want to join. The argument could have a receptive audience among the court's conservative members, who have openly questioned the precedent the court set four decades ago allowing the fees. If the court rules against the fees in the case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, unions across the nation would...

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