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Tie Supreme Court vote upholds ‘fair share fee’ for unions in Friedrichs vs. CTA case

LA School Report | March 29, 2016



Los-Angeles-Times-logoBy David G. Savage

The Supreme Court announced a tie vote today in what labor law experts had called a “life-or-death” case for public employee unions.

The split decision preserves a long-standing rule that requires about half of the nation’s teachers, transit workers and other public employees to pay a “fair share fee” to support their union.

The tie vote will come as a relief to union officials who feared the conservative court was on the brink of striking down the pro-union laws that authorized these fees.

But the death of Justice Antonin Scalia left the court without a majority to rule on the issue.

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