Friedrichs and the Freeloading Ten


The system was essentially crafted by a 1977 Supreme Court ruling that struck a balance between Free Speech concerns and the importance of representation. You shouldn’t have to pay for a political policy or goal you disagree with, the court then ruled. But you should have to contribute towards all the other work-related services a union provides, the court ruled.


Stretching like Gumby, conservative activists argued in Friedrichs that everything a public sector union does is political because taxpayer funds are involved.

The Supreme Court might reconsider the Friedrichs’ case after the state Senate eventually confirms a justice to fill the current vacancy. Even if it doesn’t, the debate is not settled. Conservative activists have several similar lawsuits pending in the lower courts heading its way.


Just like the guy you know who always seems to forget his wallet and has yet to buy a round, Freeloaders are a persistent bunch.