DAILY CALLER: The Supreme Court Monday will hear one the signature cases of its current term, a challenge to the constitutionality of mandatory public sector union fees.
Though officially a First Amendment question, the case is the apex of a decades-long dispute about the power of public sector unions and their Democratic patrons, as millions of government employees are required by law to pay union dues. As such, the dispute has decidedly partisan implications.
Some observers fear a ruling against the union would deal a deathblow to the political and financial influence of organized labor, prompting charges that the lawsuit is a poorly concealed Republican attack on a powerful liberal constituency.
Rebecca Friedrichs, a school teacher from California, sued her union over the mandatory fees. Her case reached the Supreme Court in 2016, though Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death prevented its definitive resolution.
“I’m a middle class citizen speaking out on my own behalf,” she told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I’ve lost a lot to fight this battle and I’m not anybody’s pawn.” READ MORE