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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Key Challenge to California’s Largest Teachers Union

In a case rife with politics in an election year, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider a legal challenge to California’s largest teachers union that threatens to shake the foundation of public employee union clout nationwide.

The case centers on an effort by some teachers to essentially defect from the California Teachers Association without having to pay a state-mandated fee to their state and local unions. California is one of 23 states that require such “fair share” fees for public employee unions, even if the public sector worker does not belong to the collective bargaining unit.