- For a good introduction to the case, check out Justices return to dispute over union fees for non-members: In Plain English, which describes Friedrichs as "a case which asks [the Supreme Court] to overrule a 1977 decision and hold that public employees who don’t want to join the union that represents them also can’t be required to pay a fee to cover the costs that the union incurs in collective bargaining."
- You can read the transcript from yesterday's oral arguments here.
- Cato Institute thinks it went well from their libertarian perspective: Supreme Court Poised to Free Public-Sector Workers from Compelled Union Fees.
- Adam Liptak from NYT similarly concluded that it did not look good for the public union's side: Supreme Court Seems Poised to Deal Unions a Major Setback.
- Still not enough? On Labor compiled its own Friedrichs Oral Argument Commentary Round-Up, with even more links.
So far, the commentators seem to think that SCOTUS is going to overrule Abood (the aforementioned "1977 decision") and strike down mandatory fees. Of course, we never know how the Supreme Court is going to rule until they rule. Stay tuned.