With the U.S. Supreme Court splitting 4-4 on whether California teachers must pay their union for non-political services, public-sector unions will continue to charge so-called “fare share” fees.
A loss would have drained their treasuries and likely forced them to reconsider what services they could provide. Union leaders in California and elsewhere also feared axing the fees would weaken their organizations’ clout while, they said, business interests and anti-labor forces are gaining political momentum.
Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly last month, likely would have voted against the fair share and tipped the vote to 5-4 against the California Teachers Association. Instead, CTA prevailed Tuesday – and, by extension, public unions that collectively bargain for about 8 million government employees nationwide also won.
California, which allows fair share fees, accounts for more than 1 in 4 public employees in the United States according to unionstats.com.
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