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Union Spending Alarming to Rank and File?
posted by: Alana | November 16, 2016, 11:02 am

 

Yet again, the teachers unions are among the largest political funders in local and national elections alike from coast to coast.

 

In addition to early presidential endorsements by both the AFT and NEA, the largest teachers unions in the nation spent a whopping combined total of $32.2 million dollars during in the 2016 election cycle as of the September 30th FEC reporting period. And that number is bound to be even higher when 4th quarter reporting numbers come in.

 

But that's not even the half of it.

 

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In light of Justice Scalia’s sudden passing, many teachers are anxious to know the status of the Friedrichs vs. CTA Supreme Court case.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and their respective answers:

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Reform Matters: January 11, 2016
posted by: Alix | January 11, 2016, 05:19 pm
Reform Matters: January 11, 2016
A Publication of the Association of American Educators Volume 4, Issue 10: January 11, 2016 #IStandWithRebecca

 

BREAKING: Today has been a big day for educators nationwide. 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. Click here to read the legal transcripts fresh from the court room.

 

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By Jeanne Allen

 

Labor unions have emerged in the past 40 years as one of the biggest power brokers on all social policy issues concerning the education of our youth. While their involvement was once intricately linked to teacher professionalism and school success, today they are locked in a mindset that is focused almost entirely on protecting collective bargaining rights and ensuring that tenure, seniority and uniform pay scales dictate who gets paid what, and who stays and goes in the classroom. Indeed, these issues are at the heart of the imminent oral arguments taking place at the U.S. Supreme Court this Monday, January 11 at 10 am. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., ten public school teachers are asking the High Court to strike down Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 case that sanctioned agency shop rules that permit unions to dock a teacher's pay regardless of whether they want to be a member of a union and represented in union activities. Laws in 23 states require workers who decline to join a union to pay fees anyway. These and other teachers around the country believe that this legal structure is anathema to teacher freedom and a violation of First Amendment rights.

 

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Friedrichs vs. CTA: The Latest
posted by: Alana | January 07, 2016, 03:47 pm
 Friedrichs vs. CTA: The Latest

 

Wondering what the latest is on the Friedrichs case? Bookmark this page for the best resources and latest updates on the case!

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Meanwhile, at Union Headquarters…
posted by: Alana | December 08, 2015, 04:34 pm

 

Just imagine you’re at the Rosewood London, a restored Edwardian mansion enjoying the finest linens and the classiest wait staff, at Disney World, wining and dining at world-renowned restaurants and rooftop lounges, or at the Ritz Carlton in Santiago, Chile, relaxing in premier spas and relishing the complimentary fitness trainers– all without paying a cent of your own money. Sounds like the life of luxury, does it not? Well according to documents recently uncovered by the74million.org, this scenario is actually a reality for some or the nation’s leading teacher union leaders.

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AAE Video Release: Lawsuits with Impact
posted by: Alana | December 01, 2015, 02:51 pm
AAE Video Release: Lawsuits with Impact

This September, AAE sat down with stakeholders from the monumental Fredrich's and Bain court cases to get an in-depth look at how these issues impact education.

 

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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.

 

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Michigan Union Still Using Forceful Membership Tactics
posted by: Alana | November 25, 2015, 05:31 am

 

When Michigan officially became a Right-to-Work state in December of 2012, the union resorted to bully-tactics to keep teachers in the fold.  Three years later, teachers are still facing union backlash when exercising their rights.

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Support Vergara v. California
posted by: Alix | September 28, 2015, 02:08 pm
In a ruling last year that rocked the world of education, a California Superior Court decided in favor of nine public school students who challenged the state's quality-blind teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws. The Court found that by trapping students in classrooms with ineffective teachers, while pushing many effective teachers out of the classroom, the laws violated students' constitutional right to equal educational opportunity and in particular, disproportionately harmed low-income students and students of color.   Continue Reading...
NEA Braces for Supreme Court Decision in Friedrichs vs. CTA
posted by: Alana | September 01, 2015, 09:26 am

 

Big news has broken about the number of NEA agency fee payers nationwide. For the first time ever, quantities of teachers who decline NEA membership in compulsory union states–also known as agency fee payers– has been made public courtesy of the Education Intelligence Agency.

 

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In celebration of National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), AAE released its Workforce and Pension Membership Survey for 2015. Poll results show teachers hold forward-thinking stances geared towards labor reform, particularly with regard to the changing profession and collective bargaining.

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Originally published on EdWeek.org.

 

As a veteran educator and advocate for teacher freedom, I was thrilled to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) case this fall. Their decision could send shock-waves through the teaching profession and once and for all empower teachers to make educated decisions about union membership.

 

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JUST RELEASED: 2015 National Employee Freedom Week Survey
posted by: Alana | August 18, 2015, 05:31 pm

This week marks the third annual National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) – a week aimed at informing union employees about the freedoms they have to opt out of union membership and the options they have for alternative organizations.

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Welcome to National Employee Freedom Week 2015!
posted by: Alana | August 17, 2015, 05:56 pm

 

National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) is a national campaign aimed at educating teachers and other employees about their options regarding union membership. NEFW was co-created by AAE and the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) because labor unions like the NEA don’t inform their members of their legal rights to opt-out of membership, leaving millions of teachers and other employees completely unaware that they have options.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

This month, the National Education Association (NEA) - the nation’s largest teachers union, boasting around 3 million members – gathered in Orlando, Florida for their national convention. This convention hosted nearly 7,000 delegates and union members from across the country in order to approve resolutions, take up stances on issues, and conduct administrative tasks. The convention has been a decades long tradition, and it is here that delegates have historically decided how dues are charged and what political issues will be tackled by the union each year.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has recently started bracing itself for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The decision could potentially end the practice of forced unionism from coast to coast allowing educators ultimate control over their paychecks.

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One Step Closer to Replacing NCLB
posted by: Guest contributor | July 10, 2015, 10:55 am

By Conner Dunleavy

 

This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican-led overhaul of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Long overdue for reauthorization, the vote was very close (218-213) with no Democrats supporting it and 27 Republicans also voting against it.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it will take up the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. This landmark case challenges the ability of unions 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. This case lays out a First Amendment freedom of speech challenge to the long standing forced unionism policy.

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By Conner Dunleavy

 

The Collier County Educator’s Association in Florida has threatened to take legal action against School Board Member Kelly Lichter as an attempt to silence her efforts to make local educators aware of their professional options for association membership.

 

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