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Perry Education Association v. Perry Local Educators' Association

After an election in which the Perry Education Association (PEA) was selected as the bargaining agent for public school teachers in Perry Township, Indiana, the school board denied the rival union and election loser, the Perry Local Educators' Association (PLEA), access to the district's mail system. PLEA argued that this action violated the organization's rights under the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the union did not have such a right.

Facts of the Case

In 1977, public school teachers in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township, Indiana, elected the PEA as their exclusive representative for bargaining with their local school board. Prior to the election, the teachers were represented by PEA or by ...

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