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Supreme Losses for Empire State Unions


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The Supreme Court's handling of an upcoming forced dues case could cost labor unions in New York more than $100 million, according to a new report.
Three Illinois workers are asking the court to reconsider the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which allowed government agencies to require fee payments to labor unions as a condition of employment. The workers, who have won the backing of the Trump administration, 20 states, and numerous labor watchdogs, argue that these payments are tantamount to forced political advocacy, since the government unions affect budgetary decisions and other matters of public policy.
The Court deadlocked on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a 2016 challenge to the standard, following the surprise death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but many court observers see Trump's appointment of Justice Neal Gorsuch breaking the tie in favor of the workers. That could spell major financial stress for government unions in New York State, which has the highest union membership rates in the country.:snip:

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