Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibits the mandatory collection of a union's agency fee from certain in-home care providers who are paid by the government but who are employed by the individuals for whom they provide care, in a hotly contested 5-4 decision. Harris v. Quinn
, 573 U.S. ___ (2014). While not overruling earlier precedent that upheld mandatory agency fees for public employees, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education
, 431 U.S. 209 (1977), the Court refused to extend that ruling to this group of what the majority called "partial public employees." Because today's ruling was limited to this uniquely-situated group, organized labor dodged a bullet as a broader application of First Amendment rights to public employee agency fees could have turned virtually all public sector jobs into "right to work" positions.