Local labor leaders disappointed in Supreme Court ruling on union fees. Reported by the Beacon Journal and wire services. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labor. Stevan Pickard, Akron region director for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Ohio Council 8 AFL-CIO, said he and others in the union expected the 5-4 decision.