A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that California teachers are denied free speech when they do not support the political activities of their labor unions.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the lawsuit, which was brought forward by four teachers, claimed that state laws influence union member policies through paid dues. The teachers claim that they are forced to subsidize positions and candidates they may not support when they choose to withhold portions of their payments that go to political causes, as they say they are denied benefits such as disability insurance and legal representation.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson said that lawyers representing the teachers “failed to show that state law influenced the unions’ membership policies, a necessary pre-condition for a successful First Amendment claim.”
According to CBS Los Angeles, Wilson ruled that the teacher grievances stem more from the “lack of state action in prohibiting bundled employment-related benefit and political expenditures as a part of membership dues,” than actual free speech.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not respond to requests by the news outlet for comment about whether they will appeal the ruling.
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