Supreme Court Hears Union Free Speech Case

Law360, New York (January 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether first amendment rights are violated when union officials use nonmember dues to pay for political purposes without the nonmembers’ affirmative consent.

The case stems from a Washington Supreme Court decision ruling which deemed unconstitutional a state law requiring the nonmembers’ affirmative assent. The state law had given the union the responsibility to get nonmembers to opt in to the political use of fees, instead of the previous method of nonmembers having to opt out of the...
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