The United States Supreme Court handed down a win for labor unions in a gridlocked 4-4 decision this week. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association challenged a public unions’ ability to collect dues from non-participating members, also known as a “fair share” fee. Without a majority decision, the High Court affirmed the previous ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the constitutionality of the fee.
The ruling has no precedential effect, and could potential be redecided once the Court has returned to full strength. Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court’s remaining eight justices have failed to reach majority decision in multiple cases. With Senate Republicans adamant that there would be no confirmation hearings until after the November presidential election, the issue of fair share union dues may be undecided for years to come.
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