Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Poses Profound Threat to Unions Nationwide

Workers across the United States are bracing for a major Supreme Court case, set for argument on Monday, that could strike a devastating blow to public sector unions nationwide.

Backed by right-wing anti-union groups including the Center for Individual Rights, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association seeks to overturn the legal framework under which public sector unions require workers who benefit from their representation—from higher wages to improved conditions—to pay their fair share.

In other words, the case could result in the enforcement of so-called “Right to Work” (RTW) laws—dubbed by critics as “Right to Work for Less”—on all public labor unions in the United States.

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