Chicago Teachers Union, Local No. 1 v. Hudson

Chicago Teachers Union, Local No. 1 v. Hudson (1986) was significant for school labor relations, because in it the U.S. Supreme Court found that a union's process for accommodating nonmember teachers, sometimes referred to as “free-riders,” who had money automatically deducted from their paychecks to cover the union's costs associated with collective bargaining, did not sufficiently ensure the protection of the First Amendment rights of nonmem-bers. The Court reasoned that the union's procedures for collecting these fees were unacceptable, because the monies that they collected from nonunion teachers could possibly have been used for political activities that the nonunion teachers did not support.

Facts of the Case

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) had represented about 95% of the faculty and staff of Chicago's public schools in ...

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