Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overrule precedent …

It was another dramatic reversal in a high-profile case before the high court, and at least the third time since President Donald Trump’s inauguration that the Department of Justice has renounced its past positions, some held for decades.

It puts the administration squarely on the side of conservative legal activists, who have complained for years that the requirement violates the free-speech rights of those who don’t want to join the union or pay fees to it.

The unions and the Supreme Court precedent the administration wants to overturn says that unions may charge all employees for the cost of collective bargaining, but not for the union’s political activities. Approximately 20 states allow them.

The Obama administration supported the unions in previous challenges, and when the issue was last before the court in January 2016. It appeared from oral arguments that challenge would be successful, but Justice Antonin Scalia died a month later, and the court announced that it had split 4 to 4 on the issue.

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