About the Case
Relevant Case Law

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court first held that requiring teachers to pay dues to support unions’ ideological and political activities violates teachers’ First Amendment rights. In addition, the Court cautioned that unions may not punish teachers who exercise their First Amendment rights by treating them differently from other teachers. Many subsequent Supreme Court decisions extended and elaborated on this ruling.

The California system, which punishes teachers for choosing not to pay the political portion of their dues by depriving them of important employment-related benefits and voting rights, violates the First Amendment rights of teachers. 

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