The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that challenges the way public-sector unions finance their operations. A ruling against unions would deal a large blow to organized labor. The New York Times,
“The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915, was brought by California teachers who said being compelled to pay union fees to subsidize activities they disagree with violates their First Amendment rights.
“Limiting the power of public unions has been a long sought goal of conservative groups, and they welcomed Tuesday’s development.
“‘The question of whether teachers and other government employees can be required to subsidize the speech of a union they do not support as a condition of working for their own government is now squarely before the court,’ Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, said in a statement.
“The challengers say that some collective bargaining with a government employer amounts to lobbying and that forcing them to pay for those activities violates their First Amendment rights.”