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Supreme Court Rules On Janus Vs AFSCME

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Governor Bruce Rauner and Republicans at large a huge victory Wednesday when it ruled that public sector employees can opt out of paying union dues, despite receiving the benefits of being part of a union. Rauner hailed the ruling as a “historic victory for freedom of speech,” but labor leaders and dissenting judges warn that it hampers union organizing and collective bargaining agreements. “Public employee unions will lose a secure source of financial support,” wrote Justice Elena Kagan. “State and local governments that thought fair-share provisions furthered their interests will need to find new ways of managing their workforces.” (Chicago Tribune)

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