Antonin Scalia
Group appeals mandatory union fees to Supreme Court

Seeing an opening to weaken public-sector unions, a conservative group is asking the Supreme Court to strike down laws in California, Illinois and about 20 other states that require teachers and other government employees to pay union fees, even if they are personally opposed. Suing on behalf of an Orange County elementary school teacher, attorney Michael Carvin called the case "a challenge to the largest regime of state-compelled speech for public employees in the nation," according to his appeal filed at the high court last week. Carvin, a former Reagan administration attorney, also launched the pending lawsuit against President Obama's healthcare law, which could...