Victory: Supreme Court Ends Compelled Union Dues

June 27, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court ended compelled union dues and restored First Amendment rights to thousands of public employees across the country. In Janus v. AFSCME, the Court ruled that workers have a right to decide for themselves whether or not to join a union. After 40 years of coerced union

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Supreme Court Denies Friedrichs Petition for Rehearing

June 28, 2016

On June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition from nine California public school teachers to rehear their First Amendment challenge to mandatory union fees. The plaintiffs petitioned the Court to rehear their case after a 4-4 decision was issued in the wake of Justice Scalia’s death. When the

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CIR Files for Rehearing in Friedrichs

April 08, 2016

CIR filed a petition for rehearing today asking the Supreme Court to re-hear Friedrichs v. CTA when a new, ninth Justice is confirmed.  This would allow the question of whether compulsory union fees violate the First Amendment to be heard and decided by the full Court of nine Justices.

Last month,

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Divided Court Issues Tie Decision

March 29, 2016

Today the Supreme Court issued a tied decision in Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association. The 4-4 decision leaves the laws in place in 25 states and the District of Columbia that allows unions to compel non-members to pay “agency fees” to support the union’s collective bargaining work.

Since the death of

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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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