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Supreme Court Ruling Allows Some Public Workers to Opt Out of Union Fees

The Supreme Court ruled narrowly on Monday that some government employees do not have to pay any fees to labor unions representing them, but the court decision declined to strike down a decades-old precedent that required many public-sector workers to pay union fees. Writing the majority 5-4 opinion, Justice Samuel J. Alito concluded that there was a category of government employee — a partial public employee — who can opt out of joining a union and not be required to contribute dues to that labor group.