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Illinois unions object to Supreme Court ruling

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CHICAGO (AP) — A union representing Illinois home care workers is criticizing a Supreme Court ruling that found workers cannot be required to pay fees to help cover collective bargaining.

Flora Johnson is a home care provider from Chicago and chair of the Executive Board of Service Employees International Union's Healthcare Illinois.

She says the Monday decision attempts to divide membership and limit union power.

The justices in a 5-4 split found requiring workers to pay union fees violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take.

The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers.

The lawsuit was filed by Winthrop Harbor home care worker Pamela Harris.

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