The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday to hear a case that could end mandatory union membership for all government workers. A schoolteacher by the name of Rebecca Friedrichs is the at the center of it all.
It all started when Friedrichs, who teaches out of Buena Park, Calif., learned the union culture benefited its members at the expense of the students. Despite her disagreement with the California Teachers Association (CTA), she was forced to continue paying into it.
“I am not anti-union at all, I came from a union family,” Friedrichs told The Daily Caller News Foundation in April. “I am against forced unions.”
Eventually this led her and nine other teachers to sue the CTA and its affiliate, the National Education Association. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, goes beyond just public school teachers, however. A verdict in favor of Friedrichs and the other teachers involved could result in all government workers gaining the right to stop paying union fees.
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