Homecare workers concerned about court ruling

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COLCHESTER (AP) - Vermont's new homecare workers union is concerned about a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says thousands of home health care workers in Illinois can't be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

Vermont Homecare United recently signed its first contract with the state of Vermont. It represents 7,000 home care workers. The contract allows the union to collect dues even from homecare providers who opt not to join.

Vermont Public Radio reports administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says lawyers from the attorney general's office are still reviewing the Supreme Court decision.

Homecare worker Audra Rondeau Enosburg says the inability to collect so-called "agency fees" from all homecare workers could force the union to cut back on some of the services it planned to provide.


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