From today’s Washington Examiner:
Ten California schoolteachers on Tuesday sued the National Education Association and California Teachers Association to escape mandatory union fees in a case that piggybacks on a 2012 Supreme Court ruling against forced union dues.
The teachers, represented by the Washington-based Center for Individual Rights, claim that California’s so-called “agency shop” law violates their free speech and free assembly rights and forces them to cough up $1,000 to pay for the union’s mostly Democratic political activities.
The law, also known as the “fair share” rule to get nonunion members to pay for union expenses, has long been under fire. But a 2012 Supreme Court ruling in Knox v. Service Employees International Union, which restricts how public unions can get money from nonmembers for political uses, appears to open the door to striking down the agency shop rule.