ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

Opponents of a drive to unionize home-based day care and health workers in Minnesota are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an Illinois case.

The high court ruled that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union's costs of collective bargaining. That legal fight has similarities to litigation pending in federal court over a Minnesota union organizing effort.

Two unions are collecting signatures as they attempt to organize operators of home-based day cares and personal care attendants who receive state subsidies. The unions would bargain with the state over reimbursement rates, training and working conditions.

They wouldn't be considered full-fledged state employees. That was a key distinction in the Supreme Court's ruling against compulsory dues.