The Supreme Court today issued a decision in one of the most anticipated cases of the session on whether public employees could be forced to pay fees to a union that they didn’t want to belong to.
And in doing so, the court showed what happens in 4-4 splits: Nothing.
Well, that’s not entirely accurate: The court did issue a one sentence “per curiam” ruling in Freidrichs v. California Teachers Association: “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”
And because the lower court ruling affirmed the use of these fees, public unions live to see another day.
That’s it? Yep. We’ll have to wait until the court is back to a full contingent and hears a similar case.
It reminds me of that old routine by the glorious Gilda Radner: Never Mind!