By Nicole Wilson - Metro Networks, Dave Dahl - Illinois Radio Network
Home care workers in Illinois don't have to join a union or pay union fees if they don't want to. That's the ruling that came down from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday morning. The case of Harris versus Quinn was filed by suburban Chicago mom Pam Harris who gets about $375 a month from the state so she can take care of her developmentally disabled son at home instead of putting him in a state facility.
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She was forced to join a union and pay fees back in 2009 after Governor Quinn signed an Executive Order requiring home care workers to join a union so they can get Medicaid benefits. Supreme Court justices say it's a violation of the workers' First Amendment right.