Personal Liberties

Associated Builders and Contractors-California Cooperation Committee v. Becerra

California law allows unions to shut down speech contrary to their policy preferences

California law requires contractors on public projects to pay employees the “prevailing wage” (generally equal to a union wage) through a combination of cash wages and other benefits, including making donations to “industry advancement” advocacy organizations. A new law allows only pro-union organizations to receive such donations, eliminating the ability of organizations that promote open-shop policies to receive the same funding. Associated Builders and Contractors-California Cooperation Committee (ABC-CCC) used to receive contributions that qualified toward the prevailing wage requirement, but because of the organization’s viewpoint, it is now ineligible. A federal district court upheld the law and PLF represents ABC-CCC in an appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

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