Public-Sector Unions Brace for Fallout From Supreme Court Decision on Fees

Public-Sector Unions Brace for Fallout From Supreme Court Decision on Fees

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday enabling public-sector workers to stop paying certain union fees threatens to weaken a major stronghold of the political left and will set off campaigns by conservative groups to persuade workers to opt out of their unions.

The court ruled that requiring an Illinois child-support worker to pay union fees violated his free speech rights and is unconstitutional. The ruling is expected to affect an estimated five million government workers in 22 states who could stop paying such…

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