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The California Teachers Association has been called an obstacle to education reform in Sacramento. Now, the US Supreme Court is poised to reduce its power. The case is about union fees and First Amendment rights, but the decision could be a blow to unionized police officers, fire fighters and other public workers all over the country.

Also on the program, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has recommended criminal charges against an officer who killed an unarmed civilian. Will public comment compromise the right to a fair trial?

Photo: Supporters of the California Teachers Association rally outside the US Supreme Court on January 11, 2016

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sarah Sweeney

Chief Beck Calls for Charges in Shooting of Homeless Man 8 MIN, 48 SEC

For the first time in the case of a fatal, on-duty shooting, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has called for criminal charges against one of his officers. Clifford Proctor, shot and killed an unarmed, black civilian named Brendon Glenn last May in Venice. Beck's recommendation has gone to District Attorney Jackie Lacey. 

Guests:
Craig Lally, Los Angeles Police Protective League (@lappl_lally)
Peter Bibring, ACLU of Southern California (@PeterBibring)

More:
LA Times on Beck recommending criminal charges in Glenn's death

The US Supreme Court Takes Aim at Public Sector Unions 17 MIN, 18 SEC

The US Supreme Court heard arguments today in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association. The issue is the state's legal requirement that teachers pay for the benefits of collective bargaining even if they've refused to join the union.

Guests:
Lawrence Hurley, Reuters (@lawrencehurley)
Gloria Romero, California Center for Parent Empowerment (@GloriaJRomero)
Glenn Rothner, Rothner Segall & Greenstone

More:
Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977)
Hurley on SCOTUS appearing unsympathetic to CTA argument

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