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Labor fears setback as Supreme Court hears case on union dues, fees

Labor fears setback as Supreme Court hears case on union dues, fees

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a California challenge to the financing of public-sector unions sent fear through organized labor Tuesday, with the threat that the justices could blunt one of the state's most powerful political forces. If Orange County teacher Rebecca Friedrichs wins her case against the California Teachers Assn., it could prompt an exodus of members and lead thousands of the state's public workers to stop paying union dues or fees. Labor leaders and their allies said dwindling membership rolls — and shrinking treasuries — would undercut unions' strength in collective bargaining. "This is part of an ongoing, concerted...

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