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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Supreme Court Affirms Use of "Fair Share" Fees for Non Union Members

The U.S. Supreme Court decided (or didn't decide, depending on how you look at it) the case involving a challenge to "fair share" payments to unions by a teachers group. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the high Court heard the appeal from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the requirement that non-union teachers pay a fee equal to union dues, commonly known as "fair share fees." 

Oral argument was held before the Court in December. Based on questioning during oral argument, many thought the Court was poised to strike down the fair share fees. But, that didn't happen. Instead, the Court deadlocked by a vote of four to four. That means that the lower court's ruling that upheld a requirement that non-union members pay fair share fees was affirmed.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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