First Amendment Case Accepted by the Supreme Court
The First Amendment issues in question here are two-sided. The plaintiffs, five Washington teachers and the state itself, equate union dues allocated to political activities with speech. The union could potentially spend money on a cause or candidate that an individual teacher did not support. The defendant, the Washington Education Association, argues that the state law requiring the opt-in provision interferes with union's freedom to associate, disrupting the balance between non-members' rights and those of the union.
These two stories provide more elaborate details about the case:
1. Justices to Decide on Use of Union Dues for Politics, Washington Post.
2. First Amendment Case on Court Docket, First Amendment Center.