Bye-bye Abood?

By Larry Sand
SCOTUS appears to be ready to dump mandatory public employee union dues payments. Last Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Friedrichs v California Teachers Association lawsuit. The case centers around whether or not teachers and other public employees should be forced to pay dues to a union as a condition of employment...

TAGS: Abood, American Federation of Teachers, Antonin Scalia, Association of American Educators, Christian Educators Association International, Friedrichs, George Leef, labor peace, Larry Sand, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National Education Association, Nina Rees, Randi Weingarten, Right to Work, stare decisis, teachers union

Interview With Rebecca Friedrichs – Fighting for Teacher Freedom

By Editor
In April 2013, the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), as noted on their website, “filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International, challenging the constitutionality of California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Center for Individual Rights, Christian Educators Association International, Rebecca Friedrichs

I Know Nothing! Nothing!

By Larry Sand
By meekly surrendering paycheck deductions on a monthly basis, teachers are complicit in their unions’ policy making and politicking. In a great majority of cases across the country, when teachers get work in a public school, they join the teachers union. Or, more accurately, they join three of them. There’s the “local,” whose responsibility is...

TAGS: agency fee payer, Association of American Educators, California Teachers Association, Christian Educators Association International, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, teachers union

Employee Freedom Week – Know Your Rights

By Edward Ring
California is a forced unionism state, meaning that once a collective bargaining unit is recognized by an employer, it’s pretty hard for any employee to avoid paying union dues. But even in forced unionism states, employees have rights. “National Employee Freedom Week” was initiated in Nevada last year by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, and...

TAGS: agency fee payer, Association of American Educators, Christian Educators Association International, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

Opportunity Re-Knox

By Larry Sand
A recently filed lawsuit in California picks up where Knox v. SEIU left off. In a case brought to the Supreme Court by the National Right to Work Foundation last June, the justices ruled 7-2 that the Service Employees International Union could not force its members to pay the part of union dues that goes...

TAGS: agency fee, California Teachers Association, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Center for Individual Rights, Christian Educators Association International, Knox v. SEIU, Larry Sand, National Education Association, National Right to Work Foundation, Samuel Alito, Service Employees International Union, Steve Greenhut

Stand Up To Bullying Day

By Larry Sand
The NEA says that May 4th should be devoted to anti-bullying. Okay, and to be fair, I suggest that we start with the biggest organized bullies in the country – the teachers unions themselves. The National Education Association celebrated “Stand Up To Bullying Day” on May 4th. Its website is full of advice about how...

TAGS: Association of American Educators, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Christian Educators Association International, National Education Association, teachers unions