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Supreme Court could revisit deadlocked union dues case

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The last word may not yet have been written in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the U.S. Supreme Court case that deadlocked 4-4 in March on the question of whether government workers have to pay the equivalent of union dues even if they oppose the union’s political activities.

The High Court’s tie vote—occasioned by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February—meant a lower court ruling stood: The California Teachers Association could continue to collect “agency fees” from teachers who objected on First Amendment grounds to the union’s advocacy efforts.

But, the plaintiffs in that case have now filed a petition to rehear the case, presumably once the Supreme Court’s bench is fully seated with nine Justices. A hearing on the petition was scheduled for May 12.

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