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    U.S. Supreme Court Deadlocks, Hands Victory to Unions

    They couldn’t decide. America’s highest court said today, in a 4-4 ruling, that it could not resolve a case involving the right of public employee unions to collect mandatory fees from non-members — effectively handing organized labor a win. In January, the conservative justices, who then enjoyed a majority, seemed to feel that forcing financial support for unions was a First Amendment violation. Now, with the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat sitting vacant, the case highlights the possible impact and change of direction of an understaffed court.

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