California Teachers Renew Challenge to Union “Fair Share” Fees

On February 6, 2017, The Center for Individual Rights (CIR)—a Washington, D.C. non-profit, public interest law firm—filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a group of California public school teachers against the State and California Teachers Association to challenge California’s “agency shop” law, which requires teachers to pay certain union fees even when they are not union members.

In the Complaint, the non-union, teacher plaintiffs allege that requiring them to pay union fees violates the First Amendment because, among other things, the teachers have political, moral, and/or religious objections to activities and efforts on which unions spend money and allocate resources.

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