1. What is Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism?
Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism (CEAFU), is a Special Project of the National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation, Inc. As such, CEAFU is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to eliminating coercive power and compulsory unionism through public information and education programs.
2. What is the purpose of CEAFU?
CEAFU is dedicated to preserving the educator’s freedom of choice by opposing all forms of forced unionism in the academic community, including “exclusive representation,” the “agency shop” and “maintenance of membership” agreements. CEAFU supports teacher and education personnel whose human and civil rights have been violated as a consequence of compulsory unionism
3. How does CEAFU do this?
Through an extensive education program, CEAFU works with teachers, administrators, and citizens vitally interested in the nation’s schools, who believe their freedom of choice is threatened by coercive unionism. CEAFU distributes instructional materials about Right to Work and research on compulsory unionism.
4. I believe a professional educator should support his or her profession. Why shouldn’t I join a teachers’ organization and work for it?
We agree that every educator should be free to join whichever organization he or she believes will work toward his or her goals. We do not believe any educator, however, should be forced to accept an organization’s representation against his or her will. The practice of “exclusive representation” — which denies an individual the right to the choice of representation — is legal in 34 states. And, in 22 states and the District of Columbia, educators can be fired solely for refusing to support a teachers’ union. See our Faces of Freedom Section for stories about dedicated teachers who were fired for refusing to pay tribute to teachers’ labor unions.
5. I am still in school and haven’t applied for a teaching position yet. Why should I think about this now?
One of the first questions you will face when you arrive for the first day of teachers’ meetings will likely be whether or not to join the local association or union. You may even be pressured to join a teacher union in order to student teach. It is important now to expand your knowledge, to understand the priorities and goals of the various organizations so that you will be prepared to make an informed decision.
6. Where can I get more information on the problem of compulsory unionism in education?
CEAFU’s website has been designed to answer questions on topics we believe will be most helpful to you. If you have additional questions, please contact us.