A Split Supreme Court Leaves America In Legal Limbo
A recent 4-4 split reiterates the issues of the court's current setup.By Eugene Daniels | March 29, 2016
Labor unions won big at the Supreme Court Tuesday after a split decision allowed them to continue to collect money from nonmembers who don't want to pay for collective bargaining activities.
The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, argued those fees were violating the First Amendment protections against compelled speech, forcing teachers to pay even when they disagreed with the union's stance. Opponents say the teachers should still pay because they still benefit from the union's collective bargaining.
The win leaves an almost 40-year-old precedent in place, but it also proves at least two vital points: the importance of a full nine-member court, and the significance of a justice's ideological background.