Ben Sachs Comments on Potential Widening of Free-Speech Gap

Former Skadden fellow Ben Sachs ('99) was quoted in a New York Times article about a Supreme Court case questioning whether government workers who choose not to join unions may be required to pay fees to support collective bargaining, even if it's considered to be a political activity ("Case Could Widen Free-Speech Gap Between Unions and Corporations," Jan. 18). Ben, a Harvard law professor, said a decision on behalf of the workers would potentially widen a gap between them and corporate shareholders, who don't have any right to refuse support of corporations' political activities. "If we're going to make this opt-out right for workers more and more muscular, which is what is going to happen with Friedrichs," he said, "the question of symmetrical treatment of shareholders just becomes that much more important."