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Quinn Calls Union Fees Discussion ‘disappointing’

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CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s “disappointed” in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that public sector unions can’t collect fees from home health care workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

He’s vowed to continue fighting for workers, a topic that’s come up in his re-election bid. His opponent, Republican Bruce Rauner, has made fighting “government union bosses” a campaign theme.

The High Court on Monday ruled collecting the fees violates the First Amendment rights of workers who aren’t union members.

The lawsuit named Quinn and was brought by a group of Illinois in-home care workers who said they didn’t want to pay fees related to collective bargaining.

They claimed the “fair share fees” violate their constitutional rights by compelling them to associate with the union.

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