Supreme Court ruling on unions expected to reduce bargaining power

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT decision on labor unions' rights to collect fees from nonmembers could negatively impact their ability to negotiate and bargain with municipal and state governments where the practice was previously allowed. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AL DRAGO
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT decision on labor unions' rights to collect fees from nonmembers could negatively impact their ability to negotiate and bargain with municipal and state governments where the practice was previously allowed. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/AL DRAGO
PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to revoke what is known as “fair share” fees from public-sector union members stands in opporition to Rhode Island law that permits unions to charge compulsory fees from union nonmembers, provided that the union negotiated an exclusive bargaining agreement, for its service in negotiating and administrating the…

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