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Mandatory Union Fees Survive as U.S. Supreme Court Deadlocks

A jogger runs pasts the Supreme Court building on Jan. 16, 2015, in Washington.

A jogger runs pasts the Supreme Court building on Jan. 16, 2015, in Washington.

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The U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked in one of its highest profile cases, issuing a 4-4 ruling that lets more than 20 states continue to require public-sector workers to help fund the unions that represent them.

Union opponents had looked to be on the brink of a watershed victory that would have given workers a First Amendment right to withhold fees. Justice Antonin Scalia’s Feb. 13 death changed the dynamic, depriving that side of what probably would have been a fifth vote.