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0 comments | June 01, 2007 | 4:37 PM | posted by Ryan

The Providence Journal and ScrippsNews picked up an article Mike Reitz wrote. Here are some highlights.

And remember, the U.S. Surpeme Court could hand down its ruling in this case at anytime, even this Monday.

Court considering union dues case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Washington vs. Washington Education Association and Davenport vs. WEA, which could have major implications for organized labor and the free- speech rights of workers nationwide.

If the questions from the justices are any indication, the court could be poised to issue a ruling that reshapes national labor policy.

The Washington Education Association claimed the requirement to get permission imposed an "insurmountable hurdle" that "cuts deeply" into the First Amendment rights of the union. Justice Anthony Kennedy repeatedly scolded the union lawyer for ignoring the rights of teachers. "You begin by talking about the First Amendment, but you proceed as if there are no First Amendment rights of workers involved at all," he said.

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