City of Charlotte v. Local 660, International Association of Firefighters

PETITIONER: City of Charlotte
RESPONDENT: Local 660, International Association of Firefighters
LOCATION: Approximate site of car accident

DOCKET NO.: 75-250
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

CITATION: 426 US 283 (1976)
ARGUED: Mar 03, 1976
DECIDED: Jun 07, 1976

ADVOCATES:
Jonathan Wallas - for respondents
William A. Watts - for petitioners

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - March 03, 1976 in City of Charlotte v. Local 660, International Association of Firefighters

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 07, 1976 in City of Charlotte v. Local 660, International Association of Firefighters

Warren E. Burger:

The judgment and opinion of the Court in 75-250, City of Charlotte against the International Association of Firefighters will be announced by Mr. Justice Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall:

This case involves the question of whether the refusal of the petitioner, the City of Charlotte, North Carolina to allow a dues check-off for the Local 660 and its members violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

The District Court for the Western District of North Carolina found the City's refusal violated the Equal Protection Clause.

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed.

We granted certiorari and we now reverse.

The City of Charlotte refuses to allow check-offs unless the check-off benefits all City employees or all employees of a single department.

Since the Union represents only 351 of the 543 uniformed members of the Fire Department, it is not eligible for check-off under this policy, and we find the policy is sufficiently reasonable to survive a Equal Protection attack.

The policy is a legitimate method for avoiding the burden of withholding money for all purposes or organizations that request a check-off.

Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed and the case remanded for proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Mr. Justice Stewart has filed a statement, concurring in the judgment.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you, Mr. Justice Marshall.