Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Supreme Court to Consider Case That Could Upend Unions at Public Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 30th, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to take a case that could upend how unions are financed at public colleges. The New York Times reports that the court will hear arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which was brought by public-school teachers in California who argue that being forced to pay union fees violates their First Amendment rights.
Public employees in states without right-to-work laws can be required to pay fees to unions that represent them but that they may not want to be associated with. The plaintiffs in the Friedrichs case, No. 14-915, are seeking to have the 1977 Supreme Court decision that allowed such fees, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, overturned.

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