Podcast: Public unions and free speech at the Supreme Court

Protestors in the Wisconsin Capital Building, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. (credit: CindyH Photography)

On January 11, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in one of the most important First Amendment cases of the term, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which asks whether public sector employees can be required to support the bargaining activities of a union they may not agree with.

Joining We the People to discuss the constitutional issues in Friedrichs and to predict how the Court will rule are two scholars who have weighed in on opposite sides of the case.

Catherine Fisk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

David Forte is Professor of Law at the Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law.


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