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SCOTUS hands labor unions a win in high profile battle over fees




WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11:  People for and against unions hold up signs in front of the US Supreme Court building January 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. The high court is hearing arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case.ÊThe case will decide whether California and twenty two other states can make public-employees, such as public school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs, to pay union agency fees.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: People for and against unions hold up signs in front of the US Supreme Court building January 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. The high court is hearing arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case.ÊThe case will decide whether California and twenty two other states can make public-employees, such as public school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs, to pay union agency fees. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Surprising good news for labor at the Supreme Court today.

The high court split four-to-four in a case that challenged a rule that required public school teachers to pay union dues even when they are not union members.

That split means a lower court ruling in favor of the union stands.

The case was brought by a group of California teachers and it was expected, when argued back in January before Justice Antonin Scalia died, that the union could lose this fight.

For more on what this all means Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Allan Ides, joined the show to discuss.

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.