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Challenge to California Teachers Association Lands in U.S. Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a case on the constitutionality of requiring public employees to pay union dues Tuesday, as a condition of their employment. Ten California teachers say their free speech rights are being violated because their donations contribute to the union's political agenda. Organized labor groups are closely watching the case, which is viewed as a major challenge to the way public-sector unions finance their operations.


Timothy Sandefur, principal attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation; co-author of PLF's amicus brief for Freidrichs v. California Teachers Association

Laura Juran, legal director, California Teachers Association

John Myers, senior editor, KQED's Politics and Government Desk

Richard Wolf, supreme court correspondent, USA Today