Thirteen years ago, California’s teacher union went toe-to-toe with the state’s movie star governor and crushed him at the ballot box, funding almost half of the $121 million campaign that swamped his proposals to revamp tenure and restrict government spending.
The rejection of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2005 initiatives sent a message that tangling with the state’s public employee unions would be a costly and a potentially fruitless fight. But the next governor might not have to make the same calculation.
The Supreme Court heard a lawsuit February 27th that could weaken the state’s public employee unions by forbidding them from collecting fees from workers who don’t want to join them.