Oral Arguments at Supreme Court in Friedrichs

January 11, 2016

Today at 10:00 am, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Friedrichs v. CTA. The case will decide whether California and twenty-two other states can compel public-employees, like public school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs, to pay union agency fees.

Oral arguments will last for eighty minutes. Extra time was granted beyond

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CIR Files Reply Brief in Friedrichs

December 16, 2015

The Union, the state of California, and the Obama administration, filed briefs last month in an attempt to justify their position that the First Amendment does not protect public school teachers. This week, CIR filed reply briefs that forcefully argue in defense of the First Amendment.

There is rarely any justification

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24 Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Forced Union Dues

November 17, 2015

Twenty-four amicus briefs have been filed at the Supreme Court in support of compelled union dues. The parties who have signed on to the briefs include the Obama administration, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and twenty-two union organizations.

A theme repeated throughout many of the briefs is that political

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Union, California Attorney General File Briefs in Friedrichs

November 11, 2015

The California Teacher’s Association and the California Attorney General have filed briefs before the Supreme Court in response to CIR’s arguments on behalf of Rebecca Friedrichs and other public school teachers.

The Union’s brief argues that public employees, like Rebecca Friedrichs and other school teachers, can be compelled to support political activity

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Twenty-Five Amicus Briefs Urge Supreme Court to Side With Friedrichs

September 23, 2015

Twenty-five parties have filed amicus briefs at the Supreme Court in support of CIR’s case in Friedrichs v. CTA. The amicus briefs represent a broad and bipartisan coalition of individuals and organizations who agree that compulsory union dues are harmful to teachers, parents, and children.

The amici include former California Senate

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Supreme Court to Hear Union Dues Challenge

June 30, 2015

In an order released June 30, the Supreme Court granted the petition filed by Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs asking the Court to review the constitutionality of compulsory union dues.  Today’s action means the case will be briefed and argued this fall, with a decision due by June 30, 2016.

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Friedrichs Petitioners File Final cert Brief — Await Supreme Court Action

April 14, 2015

Ten California school teachers and the Christian Educators Association International filed their final brief urging the Supreme Court to take Friedrichs v. CTA in order to overturn the Court’s 1976 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The petitioners are challenging the constitutionality of state laws that require the

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Supreme Court Petition Filed in Union Dues Case

January 26, 2015

Friedrichs v. CTA, CIR’s challenge to compulsory union dues, is one step closer to the Supreme Court.  On January 26, Michael Carvin, lead counsel in the case, filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court.  The petition asks the Court to take the case and rule that

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Ninth Circuit Grants Friedrichs’ Motion: Next Stop — Supreme Court

November 18, 2014

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting the plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Affirmance on the Pleadings. That means Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs are now free to petition the Supreme Court for review of their challenge to compulsory union

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Carvin Submits Motion for Summary Affirmance

October 03, 2014

Lead counsel Michael Carvin submitted a Motion for Summary Affirmance on the Pleadings, asking the Ninth Circuit to promptly rule against Friedrichs so the case can move quickly to the Supreme Court.

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