No. 22-1466.

60 F.4th 1 (2023)

Richard J. PELTZ-STEELE, Plaintiff, Appellant, v. UMASS FACULTY FEDERATION, Local 1895 American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO; Martin Meehan, in his official capacity as the President of the University of Massachusetts; Maura Healey, in her official capacity as the Attorney General of Massachusetts; MarjorieH Wittner, Joan Ackerstein, and Kelly Strong, in their official capacities as members of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board, Defendants, Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

February 14, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Reilly Stephens , with whom Jeffrey M. Schwab , Liberty Justice Center, Matthew L. Fabisch , and Fabisch Law were on brief, for appellant.

Jacob Karabell , with whom Bredhoff Kaiser PLLC was on brief, for appellee UMass Faculty Federation.

Timothy J. Casey , Assistant Attorney General, with whom Maura Healey , Attorney General of Massachusetts, was on brief, for state appellees.

Before Barron, Chief Judge, Selya and Lynch, Circuit Judges.

We confront in this appeal the question whether a public employee's rights to freedom of speech and association under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are infringed when a public employer authorizes a union to serve as the exclusive representative in collective bargaining for employees within that employee's designated...

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