Justices Consider Law On Union Payroll Deductions

Law360, New York (October 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a dispute over an Idaho state law that blocks local government employers from deducting a portion of union members' paychecks to fund union political efforts, several U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared to be forging an unusual coalition against the state law in oral arguments Monday.

A group of state public-employee unions have criticized the law for trampling on the First Amendment right of free speech. But when firing questions at Idaho Deputy Attorney General Clay Smith during oral arguments Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief...
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