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Public unions score victory with Supreme Court decision

The Supreme Court deadlocked 4 to 4 on Tuesday in a case that had threatened to cripple the ability of public unions to collect fees from workers who chose to not join and did not want to pay for the unions’ collective bargaining activities. A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs would have affected millions of government workers and weakened public-sector unions, which stood to lose fees from those who simply chose not to join while benefiting from the unions’ efforts on their behalf. Because of the deadlock, the lower court's ruling will stand, but the ruling will apply to this case only and will not set precedent.

"Today, working people have persevered in the face of another attack on our rights," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. "All over the country working people are showing that we won’t allow wealthy special interests or their politicians to stand in our way to join collectively and make workplaces better all across America. In the face of these attacks we are more committed than ever to ensuring that everyone has the right to speak up together for a better life."