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December 12, 2018

The constitutional right to speak for yourself

Public employees are a diverse group. Just as they don't all look alike, neither do they think alike. Under union-backed "exclusive representation" laws, however, they must speak with a single voice: the union's voice. In Massachusetts, four educators employed by the University of Massachusetts are challenging the state law that gives a union the s ...

August 28, 2017

California argues it can silence speech so long as it's super secretive about it

When the government engages in shady, unconstitutional behavior, it’s usually not forthcoming about it.  As courts have observed, "the government rarely flatly admits,” for example, that “it is engaging in viewpoint discrimination."  Instead, it cloaks its discriminatory policies in “neutral” language, and asserts th ...

February 24, 2017

California can’t stifle open-shop speech just because it doesn’t like the content

Today we filed our notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Associated Builders & Contractors of California Cooperation Committee (ABC-CCC).  ABC-CCC is an organization that advocates on behalf of the "open-shop" industry—that is, on behalf of entities who do not require their employees to join a union.  Last year, California pass ...

January 27, 2017

NY Courts are not the proper venue for political arguments

Today, PLF filed an amicus brief in New York supporting the New York Farm Bureau’s defense against a transparently political lawsuit. In the case, several union groups are asking the court to declare the limitations of the New York State Labor Relations Act unconstitutional. ...

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