This case was filed by four California teachers who are asking the court to protect their right to retain the employment-related benefits of union membership without contributing to political activities with which they disagree. Although these four teachers come from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, all are proud union members and appreciate the employment benefits and voting rights that accompany this membership. But in order to receive these benefits, the plaintiffs are forced to support the political spending of their unions. Although the current law allows them to “opt out” of this support, it is a false choice that strips them of essential benefits that their unions have decided to provide only to union members who pay full dues. It is simply unfair for these teachers to be denied employment-related benefits as a punishment for refusing to support particular political causes.