TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that home health-care workers who are partly public employees cannot be forced to pay "fair share" dues for union work affecting the terms and conditions of their jobs. The majority found that compulsory union dues violated the employees' free speech rights. "Except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances, no person in this country may be compelled to subsidize speech by a third party that he or she does not wish to support," Justice Samuel Alito wrote. The decision stopped short of overturning a 1997 decision that found public employees may be required to pay mandatory union dues as long as the money is not used for political purposes. The ABA Journal has more.