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freedom foundationFollowing the Harris v. Quinn decision by the US Supreme Court, an SEIU local in Washington has lost nearly half of its members.

Until the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 30, 2014, decision in Harris v. Quinn, family child care providers in Washington were required to pay union dues or fees to SEIU Local 925 as a condition of serving state-subsidized clients.

In Harris, the court ruled that “partial public employees” — workers paid by the state to provide services to clients eligible for state assistance, but not considered full public employees — could not be constitutionally required to pay any union dues or fees against their will.

According to data from the state Department of Social and Health Services, nearly half of Washington’s approximately 7,000 family child care providers have exercised their newly acknowledged rights and left SEIU 925 since the Harris decision. The percentage of providers paying dues to the union fell from 100 percent in July 2014 to 53.2 percent (3,738) in May 2015.