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Supreme Court Says ‘Partial Public Employees’ Can’t Be Required to Pay Union Fees

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that certain government workers should not be required to pay any fees to the unions that represent them, while declining to overturn the precedent that requires many public sector workers to do the same thing.

The case in question posed whether personal care providers in Illinois can be compelled to pay union fees. The 5-4 decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito for the majority, determined that specific workers -- deemed "partial public workers," or those Medicaid-funded home care workers and others who aren't "full-fledged public employees" -- cannot be forced to pay fees to a union.

In a statement, the White House expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court ruled against the collective bargaining model that the administration says "resulted in fairer pay and benefits for hardworking caregivers as well as improved training, safety and health protections, and tools to help those who need care to find it."


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