You’re a public sector employee, and your position you are forced by the laws on the books to pay union dues even if you are not a union member.
A group of public schoolteachers on Monday petitioned the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to laws allowing teachers unions to require dues from nonmembers who disagree with union positions and policies.
A decision in the teachers’ favor could change how public employee unions operate nationwide.
The lawsuit, first filed in April 2013, takes aim at the 300,000-member California Teachers Association and the affiliated National Education Association. The plaintiffs â€“ 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International â€“ claim California’s “agency shop” law is unconstitutional and violates teachers’ First Amendment rights by forcing them to pay union dues regardless of whether they support or are a member of the union. Twenty-six states currently have such laws in place.
Justice Alito has signaled that he wants to talk about this, so I’m very interested. And you should be too.