If the Court rules against agency fees it would cause teachers unions’ membership to shrink and the unions’ political and economic wings to be clipped.
The Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a case involving the agency fees that teachers and other public employees are required to pay to unions even if they choose not to join the unions.
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Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly approved a policy statement on charter schools that aims to limit the growth of charter schools and regulate the schools more closely.
If the four Supreme Court justices who sided with Friedrichs vote to hear Mark Janus’s case, and if Neil Gorsuch votes according to expectations, agency fees could be dead by the end of the court’s next term.
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Supreme Court lets agency fees stand
With Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected passing, we can’t help but ask what will happen with Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which appeared headed to a 5-4 split.
These teachers, moreover, support similar choices for other parents and oppose agency fees currently imposed on many.
How teacher collective bargaining affects students’ employment and earnings later in life
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could fundamentally alter the education labor landscape
The Supreme Court has a chance to strike down union agency fees.
Judging by a recent survey, a plurality of the American public and an equally large share of teachers oppose forced union payments.
The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case brought by ten teachers who say that California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.
In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association
By going back to the tried-and-true rhetoric of class size reduction, the teachers union would like to distract attention from any alternative school improvement policies.
Teachers might prefer a different arrangement than current state pension plans, but they don’t really have a voice in those decisions.
Standards inspire collaboration and dissent
Making sense of the conflict
Perhaps the historic coupling of the NEA and the Democratic Party is loosening a bit.
We’re in a period of profound change in teacher-union leadership, with more combative leaders in ascendance, But what the unions really need are leaders able to craft winning platforms with a new orientation.
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