Free Riders or Compelled Riders? Key Takeaways as Court Considers Major Union Dues Case

Source: Congressional Research Service, CRS Legal Sidebar, January 12, 2016

….Regardless of the ultimate outcome in Friedrichs, the case will likely be a major decision that revisits the Court’s compelled subsidization cases, which, in practical terms, could impact over seven million public employees throughout the nation and could possibly affect the current debate over how to address fiscal pressures mounting in states facing billions of dollars in obligations to their respective public employees. More broadly, Friedrichs could raise new constraints on Congress when compelling individuals to subsidize the speech of a private party, including outside of the context of labor law. The Court should resolve the fate of Abood by June 2016…..