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January 11, 2016
Contact: Alexandra Freeze


Association of American Educators Sounds off on Friedrichs v. CTA Oral Arguments

Alexandria, VA – Oral arguments in the Friedrichs vs. CTA et. al. U.S. Supreme Court case were heard today to decide whether or not compulsory union fees infringe on a teacher's freedom of speech rights. The decision, expected this spring, could potentially end the practice of forced unionism for educators nationwide.

Following oral arguments, AAE Chairman and President Gary Beckner issued the following statement:

“We’re proud to stand with Rebecca Friedrichs and the other AAE member teacher plaintiffs fighting tirelessly for teacher freedom of choice.

The Association of American Educators was founded on the principles of professionalism and choice. As an alternative to the partisan politics and collective bargaining of the teacher labor unions, we know there are thousands and thousands of teachers seeking a voice that puts students first."

For over 20 years, our members have been vocal about the injustices of forced unionism. Paying a private organization to keep a job in the public schools is both archaic and wrong. As college-educated professionals, we believe that teachers should make educated decisions about association membership and select an organization that matches their budget and beliefs.

We look forward to the Supreme Court’s decision this spring and hope that the court puts the voices of individual educators over the budgets of the teacher labor unions.”


The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit for further information.