Vanderbilt Law Review

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School Board Authority and the Right of Public School Teachers to Negotiate--A Legal Analysis


Realistically, the hurdle erected at one time by some courts, and legislative bodies to prevent public employees from joining employee organizations, including unions, no longer exists. Today it seems certain that the first amendment, through its protection of freedom to assemble, insures the right to join an employee organization. The issue with which this article deals still remains: whether there is an infringement on the legislative power of the school board if it is required to negotiate with teachers through representatives of their choosing.