(CBS/AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to government labor unions on Monday, ruling they cannot require in-home healthcare workers in Illinois to pay union dues.
The 5-4 ruling found the requirement violates the First Amendment rights of home care workers who oppose forming a union, or disagreed with positions a union might take.
Labor attorney Paul Kersey, with the conservative nonprofit Illinois Policy Institute, filed a brief in support of healthcare worker Pam Harris, and said it’s a major blow to the public workers’ unions in Illinois and across the state.
“For better than a decade, government employee unions have been organizing people, like Pamela Harris, who are not government employees. The Supreme Court has decided that that is unconstitutional, and must come to an end,” he said.