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Knox vs SEIU Supreme Court Case (2012)


<p>In 2005, the California State Employees Association (CSEA) union, a
local affiliate of the SEIU, imposed a "special assessment" on every
civil servants in its bargaining unit to pay for a campaign to defeat
several California ballot initiatives. CSEA officials collected money
from all employees to pay for union political activism, including those
who were not union members. In 2007, a federal district court ruled that
the CSEA was required to provide a notice to nonunion employees about
the assessment, allow them to opt-out of paying into the union political
fund, provide a refund of monies spent on union politics, and pay
interest from the dates of the deductions to nonmembers who chose to opt
out. After CSEA lawyers appealed the case, a Ninth Circuit panel
reversed that decision in December 2010. On June 27, 2011, the United
States Supreme Court announced it would review the Ninth Circuit's