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Public Unions Can Breathe Another Sigh Of Relief At The Supreme Court

Christian Farias and Dave Jamieson Huffington Post
The Supreme Court refused to hear Friedricks v. California Teachers Association case. This was a major victory for public sector unions because it allows them to continue collecting dues from employees who receive benefits from collective bargaining agreements.

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How 'Friedrichs' Could Actually Unleash Unions from Decades of Free Speech Restrictions

Shaun Richman Working in These Times
However, once those bargaining sessions between unions reps and their government employers are redefined by the Supreme Court to be political speech, any law restricting what can be said, what items can be raised, seems to be a restriction by the government on those union members’ free speech rights.

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Supreme Court OKs Longer Arguments in High-Stakes Union Case

Jess Bravin The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
The court is considering whether to overrule its 1977 decision allowing states to require public employees to join a union or pay a fee to cover collective bargaining costs. A win for the plaintiffs—a group of California teachers who say they oppose union efforts to increase pay and protect job security—could cripple public sector unions in about two dozen states that have “agency fee” laws.
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