Labor unions across the country were dealt a devastating blow Wednesday with a landmark Supreme Court ruling that will have profound effects on organized workers.
In a 5-4 decision, justices ruled that employees who choose not to join labor associations but who work in union shops — and benefit from union-negotiated contracts without paying union dues — do not have to pay agency fees similar to ones paid by full-fledged members that go to collective bargaining.
Without that legal precedent, labor leaders envision workers choosing to quit their union and keep dues money in their pocket. They can do so and be fully aware that by law, the union still has to keep collectively bargaining for them. READ MORE