The Buckeye Institute fights for 318,000+ Ohio workers today in U.S. Supreme Court case

Jan 11, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief in September that is being heard today at the U.S. Supreme Court. This landmark case would protect the 1st Amendment rights of government workers nationwide by ending the requirement that they pay for inherently political speech by unions to which they may object.

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this morning in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, wherein the protection of 1st Amendment rights of California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs and nine other teachers are at stake. Rebecca Friedrichs has gone to court in order to be able to stop paying fees that unions now forcibly collect from non-members. If the justices rule in favor of Friedrichs, public-sector unions will still be able to collect dues from union members, but non-members will no longer be required to subsidize union activities. In Ohio alone, more than 318,000 state and local employees are covered by public-sector unions, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Buckeye Institute's President and CEO Robert Alt is at the U.S. Supreme Court this morningwhere he will address the media on the steps of the highest court in the land. He said, "Rebecca Friedrichs is fighting to have a voice and a choice—fighting for her 1st Amendment rights to be recognized by the highest court in the land. She, along with all teachers and other public servants across this country, has been told for too long that she must pay union fees to support inherently political speech by the union—or else be fired. It is well past time that we respect the 1st Amendment rights of all workers."

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