The Friedrichs case before the U.S.Supreme Court will decide whether teachers can be “forced” to pay dues to unions that bargain on their behalf. The case is not about paying for unions’ political advocacy; no one has to. Those who don’t want to get a refund. The case is about paying for collective bargaining for salaries, pensions, and working conditions. If Friedrich wins, teachers can refuse to join or pay dues but enjoy the benefits that unions win. Those are called “free riders.” They hitch a ride without sharing the cost. They are also free-loaders.


Steven Singer wrote an apt fable about Friedrichs. He also includes some excellent cartoons.