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Supreme Court to hear California case challenging fair share

In a disappointing decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a suit that threatens the rights of public workers to come together in a union to have a voice in their professions and communities.

The case asks the Court to overrule its 1977 decision, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which declared that educators who chose not to join the union could be required to pay a fair share fee to cover the cost of the services provided by the union from which all employees benefit, including the salaries and benefits negotiated by the union in a collective bargaining agreement. The suit was brought by some California teachers and is backed by conservative groups who seek to limit the power of public unions and eliminate workers’ voices on the job to benefit the 1 percent.

In response to the Court’s decision to hear the case, the AFT released a joint statement with the NEA, AFSCME, SEIU, and others.
“We are disappointed that at a time when big corporations and the wealthy few are rewriting the rules in their favor, knocking American families and our entire economy off-balance, the Supreme Court has chosen to take a case that threatens the fundamental promise of America – that if you work hard and play by the rules you should be able to provide for your family and live a decent life.”
The complete statement is available here.

The Court is expected to hear this important case as early this October. Watch for updates.



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