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Washington v. Washington Education Association (docket #: 04-1657) (2007)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Washington v. Washington Education Association
Argument Date 01/10/2007
Decided 6/14/2007
Supreme Court Vote 9-0
Note companion case: Davenport v. Washington Education Association (docket #: 05-1589) See Link to Davenport case for complete information on these cases.
Supreme Court Ruling The Court ruled that it is not a violation of the First Amendment for a state to bar a labor union representing government employees from using non-union workers' dues for political causes if those workers have not explicitly consented.
Issue(1) Do labor union officials have a 1st Amendment right to seize and use for politics the wages of nonmembers who have chosen not to become union members? (2) Does a state campaign finance law that prohibits labor unions and their officials from seizing and using the wages of nonmembers for partisan political campaigns without obtaining the nonmembers' affirmative consent violate the 1st Amendment rights of labor unions?
Supreme Court Times Link

Majority Opinion Scalia, J. (delivered the opinion for the Court. re Parts I, II-A & parts of footnote 2)
Concurring Opinion Breyer, J. (concurring in part & concurring in the judgment, joined by Alito, J., & Roberts, C.J.)
Certiorari Granted 09/26/2006
Lower Court District Court for the District of Columbia (3-judge court)
Oral Arguments Transcript
AP, "High court set to hear dispute over union's use of money" (01/08/07)

AP, "States may limit how unions use public employees' money" (6-14-07)

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