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0 comments | January 05, 2007 | 8:36 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

Supreme Court Will Hear Cases On Union Political Activities
BY JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN - Staff Reporter of the Sun
January 5, 2007

If New York City's top labor union leaders aren't planning to be at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, they may want to rethink their schedules.

The court will be hearing oral arguments in two related cases involving the First Amendment rights of unions to fund political candidates. Although the cases involve a Washington State law, the court could use the opportunity to issue a ruling that would make it more difficult for unions nationwide to collect money from employees they represent.

For the lead plaintiff in one of the two cases, a class action on behalf of nonunion teachers, the case involves the simplest of principles. "Unless you have permission you shouldn't spend other people's money," the lead plaintiff, Gary Davenport, told The New York Sun yesterday. "It's an easy concept and one that most citizens have to abide by. Unions shouldn't have a hard time abiding by it."


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