|Friedrichs vs. CTA Will Ring in the New Year at the Supreme Court|
|posted by: Alana | November 25, 2015, 08:20 PM|
In July the U.S Supreme Court decided that it would take up the Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association case. The case challenges the union’s ability to collect dues from employees who may not wish to be a part of the union, or object to the use of their dues on issues which they fundamentally disagree with.
AAE became a Friend of the Court this past March. The issue of teacher freedom of choice is at the heartbeat of AAE’s founding and many AAE members have been instrumental in bringing this issue to light.. As of our last update on the case, provided by AAE member and fellow plaintiff Karan Cuen, we did not know when the case would be heard exactly.
After much speculation, we are excited to announce that a date has finally been set for hearing the case: January 11th, 2016.
Friedrichs vs. CTA has the potential to change the face of the teaching profession, and any profession bound by the respective union’s stronghold.
Already, unions have begun preparations for this decision by reaching out to teachers across the country to bring them tighter into the union fold and provide them with reasons not to leave should the Supreme Court rule against forced unionism. It’s clear that the unions fear the repercussions of an open marketplace for teachers.
Compulsory unionism is at the heart of why AAE was founded. As college educated professionals, we believe that teachers should be able to choose the association that best suits their needs. As such, we are looking forward to supporting teachers during the hearings of this case and we are excited for what this could mean for teachers who deserve to be put in the driver’s seat of elevating their profession.