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Right-to-work laws mean that workers have the right to work in a union environment without joining a labor union or paying union dues. In states with right-to-work laws, these workers generally receive the same benefits as union members who do contribute union dues.
The U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on a public sector "fair share" case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, in 2016. In a similar 2018 case, Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that individuals who want to opt out of public-sector unions are no longer required to pay fair share fees.