Today’s 4-4 Supreme Court decision in Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association is an important step forward for students, teachers, unions, and communities. The decision protects the individual and collective bargaining rights of government employees to organize and succeed.
The case centered around whether those who don’t join the union but still benefit from the wages and protections negotiated in a collectively bargained contract should pay their fair share for the cost of the negotiations. The tie decision means the lower court ruling stands—Abood vs. the Detroit Board of Education is upheld and fair share remains law, as it has for the past four decades.
Legal experts warn there are other similar cases that attack the rights of teachers and unions already in the lower courts that could make their way to the Supreme Court in the coming years. CEA legal counsel will continue to monitor these cases.
Read an analysis of today’s Supreme Court decision from SCOTUSblog here.