>> Worker's rights.>> The Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a severe blow to organized labor, ruling that government workers who don't join a union can't be forced to pay union fees. The 5-4 decision by the conservative Majority Court demolishes a 40-year-old precedent requiring workers like teachers and police to help pay for collective bargaining.
Reporter Laurence Hurley was at the Court.>> The Supreme Court ruled that forcing non-union members to pay for union activities violates their free speech rights if they oppose or disagree with the message that the union is trying to push.>> Some 5 million nonunion workers who pay such fees in 2 dozen states will no longer have to do so.
Potentially cutting millions of dollars from unions across the country. It's a major victory for conservative activists who have long sought to curb the influence of public sector unions that often support the Democratic Party and liberal causes. Union leaders blasted the ruling, calling it a gift to the wealthy and powerful.
>> So it will hamper them. It will mean they'd have to do more to bring on new members, they need to replenish their membership roles, because non-members are not gonna have to pay anything. Some people actually think it could make the unions more activist.>> In a sharp dissent read from the bench, liberal Justice Elena Kagan said the court's conservative majority was weaponizing the first amendment to intervene in American life.
The ruling giving President Trump his second reason in two days to take a victory lap. Coming just a day after the court upheld the administration's travel ban targeting mainly Muslim majority countries.