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.
Justice Scalia’s Passing: What it means for Friedrichs vs. CTA in 5 FAQs
posted by: Alana | February 18, 2016, 05:23 pm
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:Continue Reading...
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.
The High Court takes on Teacher Freedom: A Global Advance for Education
posted by: Alana | January 11, 2016, 04:29 pm
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.
Wondering what the latest is on the Friedrichs case? Bookmark this page for the best resources and latest updates on the case!Continue Reading...
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.Continue Reading...
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.
Friedrichs vs. CTA Will Ring in the New Year at the Supreme Court
posted by: Alana | November 25, 2015, 03:20 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.
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.Continue Reading...
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.
NEFW 2015: National Teacher Survey Demonstrates Support for Labor Reforms
posted by: Alana | August 20, 2015, 04:51 pm
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.Continue Reading...
NEFW 2015: Friedrichs v. CTA Could Change the Face of the Teaching Profession
posted by: Alana | August 19, 2015, 02:31 pm
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.
JUST RELEASED: 2015 National Employee Freedom Week Survey
posted by: Alana | August 18, 2015, 05:31 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.Continue Reading...
Union Convention Reveals Fractured, Disorganized NEA
posted by: Guest contributor | July 17, 2015, 12:00 am
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.Continue Reading...
Unions Brace for Impact of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
posted by: Guest contributor | July 16, 2015, 12:11 pm
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.Continue Reading...
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.Continue Reading...
Supreme Court May Determine Fate of Forced Unionism
posted by: Guest contributor | July 06, 2015, 10:37 am
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.Continue Reading...
Union Attacks School Board Member for Sharing AAE
posted by: Guest contributor | June 16, 2015, 10:29 am