The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights and 70 other organizations supporting civil rights and economic opportunity, including the Human Rights Campaign and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, submitted an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will determine whether new obstacles will be placed in the way of working people banding together to win higher wages, benefits that can sustain a family, and critical protections against unfair treatment and discrimination.  In Friedrichs the Supreme Court will decide whether public employees who enjoy the increased wages, benefits and other protections a union negotiates can be required to contribute to the cost of securing those benefits and protections. The case seeks to overturn a nearly 40-year-old Supreme Court precedent, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that public sector collective bargaining agreements may include these “fair share” provisions.  The NWLC brief argues against weakening public sector unions and demonstrates that they provide critical protections for women, people of color, and LGBT individuals.