Supreme Court of the United States

Monday, June 30, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The United States Supreme Court has fired a shot across the bow of labor unions, who collect mandatory dues under agency shop agreements.

Agreements that are currently allowed in 26 states.

In the new ruling in the case of Harris v. Quinn, the nation’s high court has ruled that in-home healthcare workers cannot be compelled to pay dues.

The reasoning given by the court is the workers are not full-fledged government workers.

The development is a blow to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has been driving to organize those workers.

However, in the 5-4 ruling, the conservative majority took a shot at the Abood decision, which allows for the mandatory collection of “fair share” dues from employees who don’t want to pay for political activity of the union.

Other cases, involving full-time government employees, such as teachers, are working their way towards the high court.

The verbage in the opinion places potential dark clouds on the horizon for union finances.

To read the full opinion, click the following link: Harris v. Quinn