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UT professor: Supreme Court ruling will not affect Ohio unions

WASHINGTON D.C. (Toledo News Now) -

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday public sector unions can collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

Justices said collecting those fees violates the first amendment rights of workers who are not
union members.

The case was brought by a group of Illinois in-home care workers who said they did not want to pay fees related to collective bargaining. They claimed the "fair share fees" violate their constitutional rights by compelling them to associate with the union.

University of Toledo law professor Joseph Slater says the union really only applies to Illinois.

"In Ohio they remain legal, and still remain legal in the same ways that they were legal yesterday, people had feared it wasn't. It affects the unions issue in Illinois, but probably nobody here," said Slater.

The ruling is a financial blow to labor unions. Unions that have bolstered their ranks in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of home health care workers.

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