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Obama says climate rule on 'strong legal footing'

Obama is telling political donors in California that the Supreme Court's decision to freeze a new rule reducing power plant emissions is only a temporary setback. The power plant rule would aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants by about one-third by 2030.

Why the Supreme Court Should Leave Well Enough Alone and Let Workers Build Unions

A decision against the California Teachers Association is a decision in favor of greed. Current discussions regarding the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case now before the U.S. Supreme Court are missing the critical implication of this debate. Show More Summary

“Ask the Author: Richard L. Hasen”

Kate Ackley interviewed me for CQ Weekly ($): In his new book, “Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections,” law professor Richard L. Hasen of the University of California, Irvine, calls President Barack Obama a … Continue reading ?

Fail to Appear and Forfeit Your Bail, Court Rules. Imagine That!

In what is quite possibly the year's most seemingly obvious procedural issue, the California Supreme Court opined that a felony defendant's failure to execute a written waiver of his required presence constitutes a justified forfeit of bail under Penal Code sec. 1305(a). The moral of the story? Show up to......

Common Sense: Justices Take On a Muddled Issue: Insider Trading

If the Supreme Court upholds a conviction in a case from California, it could provide guidelines on the requirement of proof that a defendant in such cases sought personal gain.

RUNNING AROUND THE SUPREME COURT: California AG Threatens Non-Profit Donors’ First Amendment Right…

RUNNING AROUND THE SUPREME COURT: California AG Threatens Non-Profit Donors’ First Amendment Rights.

Supreme Court Goes Back to Work in January and Shows Again Why Election Day is Judgment Day

After a Holiday break, the Supreme Court returned to a full schedule of arguments and other activity in January. The crucial oral argument before the Court this month in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, as well as several...Show More Summary

What If You Are Asked to Attend a Suicide?

With California–about 10% of the US population–about to allow assisted suicide and the Canadian Supreme Court imposing a nation-wide euthanasia right, you might find yourself asked to attend an assisted suicide or euthanasia. I don’t think many people have considered this issue. Show More Summary

California Supreme Court to review opinion in UCLA stabbing case

The California Supreme agreed Thursday to review an appellate court decision that public colleges and universities have no responsibility to protect students from violence committed by other students on campus. In an unanimous decision, the court granted a petition to review a 2-1 ruling by the...

Looming setback for public unions would be a political earthquake

With Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court took on the outcome of one election. But the case heard by the Supreme Court on Monday could affect elections for many years. The justices’ remarks during arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association point to a major setback looming for public unions. The court will likely rule […]

The teacher who went to the Supreme Court

Rebecca Friedrichs is a longtime public school teacher in California who would never have predicted she would be at the center of a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court case. But she decided to fight a requirement in California law that she pay what are called "fair share" fees to the California Teachers...

WashU Expert: Supreme Court Decision Could Challenge Unions to Fight for Their Existence

Article Body 2010   A California teachers' union case being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week has American labor unions bracing for the worst. Many predict its decision this summer could cripple the ability of public sector unions to collect mandatory dues from the employees they represent under collective bargaining agreements.

Another Attack on Democracy

Monday was an important day for America's shrinking middle class. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could impose radical new limits on the rights of public sector workers--like...Show More Summary

SCOTUS looks at labor unions. Unions are worried. Here’s why.

On Monday the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case widely watched by both conservative and labor activists. The case asks whether public sector workers (in this case a teacher) who choose not to join their local unions — but who are still protected by the union-negotiated […]

Conservative’s attack on unions shows why we need a new social contract governing work

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case this week that may deal a significant blow to labor unions and shows why it’s vital, to my mind, to come up with a new social contract governing work. The case involves 10 California teachers who argue they can’t be forced to support a public union they declined...

Public Sector Unions After Supreme Court Ruling--Try New Zealand's Approach

What happens if the Supreme Court rules that mandatory dues for public sector unions are unconstitutional? On Monday the court heard testimony in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in which some teachers argue that in the case of public sector employees, dues or “fair share” fees are [...]

Anti-Union Right-Wingers Try To Win At Supreme Court After Losing At Ballot Box

The latest chapter in the right's effort to undermine public employee unions. The right-wing war against public employee labor unions came to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning, where a handful of California public school teachers...Show More Summary

NLJ's Marcia Coyle on Public-Sector Unions, David Bowie

Marcia Coyle, NLJ’s chief Washington correspondent, spoke with PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff about the Supreme Court’s arguments Monday in the public-sector union case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The conservative justices appear poised to rule against mandatory fees.       

“Ballot Manipulation”

Joel Fox: The California Supreme Court decision to allow an advisory measure on the statewide ballot may appear to promote democracy. However, there is little doubt that the proposed ballot measure is another in a line of maneuvers by the … Continue reading ?

Bradley Foundation Behind Latest Attack On Unions, Public Education

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could devastate unions across the country. Sadly, it appears that the conservative court is leaningShow More Summary

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