Supreme Court to Hear Case on Public Sector Union Fees

The Supreme Court appears to have the opportunity next term to deal public sector unions a serious financial blow. The court agreed Tuesday to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case brought by 10 non-union California teachers who say that forcing them to pay “fair share fees” to a union — even if only for the purpose of collective bargaining — compels them to support an organization they oppose politically, in violation of their free speech rights. The case is a blockbuster for both the court and the labor movement. Just days after the Supreme Court cheered unions and the rest of the liberal coalition by sanctioning gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act, the court chose to reconsider a privilege that public sector unions have enjoyed as a matter of settled law for four decades. The result may undermine drastically that same coalition.