Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenge to Forced Public Employee Unionism

By Carl Horowitz, National Legal and Policy Center

When it comes to coercion, government employee unions are masters of the game. But soon they will be contending with masters of the courtroom. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a case previously dismissed by a federal district and an appeals court.

Bain of the Union

By Larry Sand, City Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in the fall. The 2013 lawsuit on behalf of Orange County teacher Rebecca Friedrichs, nine other teachers, and a professional association of Christian educators, takes aim at the constitutionality of California’s “agency shop” law, which forces public-school educators to pay dues to a teachers’ union, whether they want to or not.

Even Teachers Are No Fans of Forced Union Payments

By Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West, The Wall Street Journal

‘Th’ Supreme Coort follows th’ election returns.” So said Mr. Dooley, the bartender created by cartoonist Finley Peter Dunne at the start of the 20th century. Those who follow the court today often say that nothing much has changed. Yet if the justices consider public opinion next term, it will be a straightforward decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case challenging the California “union shop” law that levies an agency fee on all teachers who refuse to join a union.

Employee Or Independent Contractor? US Department Of Labor Provides New Guidance

The National Law Review

The debate over classification of workers as employees versus independent contractors has yet another chapter. Last month, it was the California Labor Commissioner who sent ripples across the rideshare industry by telling Uber Technologies, Inc. that its drivers are employees, not independent contractors. This month, the United States Department of Labor decided it was time to throw its hat in the ring and weigh in on the matter by way of a fifteen page Administrator’s Interpretation issued by Dr. David Weil.

California’s Worst Franchisor? The SEIU.

Labor Pains

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is currently directing its political lackeys in the California State Legislature to advance a bill that makes it harder for franchisors to change, revoke, or fail to renew contracts with their franchisees.