Karen Lewis: “. . . Force Us Into Another Strike”

On August 31, 2015, in AFT, CEAFU, Strikes and Violence, by clj

Just in time for the new school year, Chicago Teacher Union boss Karen Lewis claims an effort by new Chicago Public Schools CEO will “force us into another strike . . ”.  Becky Schlikerman and Fran Spielman have the story in the Chicago Sun Times Online. A call for Chicago teachers to pay their full pension contributions is “strike-worthy,” Chicago […]

“Single Most Destructive Force’

On August 10, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, also a 2016 presidential candidate, echoes the powerful sentiment of teachers forced to pay dues to teacher unions for decades.   The editorial appears in the Wall Street Journal.  You don’t have to be a “progressive” to conclude that once in a while America makes political progress, and not always toward […]

Another Reason for Right to Work

On July 23, 2015, in CEAFU, NEA, Right to Work, by clj

The Detroit News Opinion Columnist, Ingrid Jacques, emphasizes another reason all teachers should have Right to Work. The National Education Association, which boasts 3 million members, says its mission is “advancing the cause of public education.” But in reality, the country’s largest teachers union—with 150,000 members in Michigan—has a strong political agenda that extends far […]

WEAC Fire Sale

On July 22, 2015, in NEA, by clj

Act 10, which severely curbed monopoly bargaining rights, including forced dues, granted Wisconsin teacher Right to Work privileges.  Four years later the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), Wisconsin’s largest teacher union, must not be serving teachers’ needs.  Mike Antonucci has the story on Intercepts. In a March 12, 2011 story headlined “‘This is the Beginning’ […]

Monopoly Bargaining Strips Union Nonmembers of ‘Valuable . . . Rights’

On July 21, 2015, in CEAFU, Membership, Monopoly Bargaining, by clj

Stan Greer, Program Director for the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, reviews Supreme Court decisions which have acknowledged union nonmembers are denied valuable rights under monopoly bargaining contracts. For more than 70 years, federal courts have concocted an array of excuses to avoid finding  as unconstitutional federal and state statutes that force employers to […]

Democracy – AFT Style

On July 15, 2015, in AFT, CEAFU, Union Political Activity and Spending, by clj

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union officials endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, much to the dismay of members and forced-dues payers.  AFT officials are not worried because, except in 25 Right to Work states, teachers who leave the union will still be represented by the union, and be compelled to pay forced dues anyway.  The […]

Cindy Omlin: Unions Should Earn Members

On July 13, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

CEAFU Key Leader Cindy Omlin shares her thoughts on compulsory unionism.   Her words are especially relevant as the Friedrichs case before the Supreme Court and teachers prepare to return to school next month. Thousands of Washington educators who don’t want union representation and don’t want to pay union dues are forced to do so because of […]

MO Lt. Gov. Fights for Right to Work

On July 8, 2015, in CEAFU, Right to Work, by clj

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is calling for public debates on a  Missouri Right to Work law.  Jo Mannies has the story on St. Louis Public Radio Online. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is proposing that Gov. Jay Nixon and State Attorney General Chris Koster engage in public debates with him in the coming weeks over the issue of […]

NEA Convention Ruled by Labor Rules

On July 7, 2015, in CEAFU, NEA, Resolutions, by clj

Mike Antonucci gives his insights on the annual NEA Convention’s Representative Assembly on Intercepts at eiaonline.com. The good news is we won’t be here until the wee hours of tomorrow morning. The bad news (?) is that the agenda had to be truncated and debate accelerated. Why? Because the labor rules of the bus company […]

Agency Shop – A Reminder

On July 4, 2015, in CEAFU, by clj

The Friedrichs case, which the Supreme Court will decide next year, builds on the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation’s Knox v. SEIU and Harris v. Quinn cases, could eliminate forced dues for teachers and other public employees.  While many teachers labor under this burden of supporting an idea they do not believe in, […]

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