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The anti-union case being heard today by the Supreme Court: A backgrounder

The anti-union case being heard today by the Supreme Court: A backgrounder

On the surface, Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Assn., which is being argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court, looks like a free-speech case. Lead plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs, an Anaheim schoolteacher, contends that she's being forced to pay fees to a union whose positions she doesn't share.

As we explained in this column about a similar California case, Bain vs. California Teachers Assn., these lawsuits aren't about free speech, or improving education for children. They're about silencing the political voice of teacher unions by cutting off their revenues....

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