New York Times Supreme Court Reporter: It’s an Ominous Sign for Public Sector Unions

New York Times Supreme Court Reporter: It’s an Ominous Sign for Public Sector Unions

Choice Media Executive Director Bob Bowdon speaks with New York Times Supreme Court Reporter Adam Liptak on The Brian Lehrer Show about the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

"I think it’s an ominous sign for public sector unions."

Bob Bowdon: Yes, hi. I work at Choice Media we’re an education newswire, and we noticed on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear a case called Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association that would theoretically let teachers quit the teachers union and not pay dues. I was wondering whether your guest might handicap where the court might land on that?

Adam Liptak: This is a question the court’s been circling around before, and if I were a public sector union I’d be pretty nervous. There are clearly four votes to allow people represented by but who don’t want to be members of public sector unions to decline to pay dues. Which would of course be a terrible blow to those unions. Strictly speaking not dues but so called agency fees. And the court came close to such a ruling last year, and I think it’s an ominous sign for public sector unions that they agreed to take this case on Monday.

Audio Source: The Brian Lehrer Show

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