Hundreds of Thousands of Teachers May Get Their Way
Regardless of the reports that indicate most teachers regard teacher unions and monopoly bargaining as essential in education, the nation’s largest teacher union is preparing for a possible loss of 300,000 members due to the Janus v. AFSCME decision, (brought by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, of which CEAFU is a Special Project) which is due to be decided by the Supreme Court sometime in June. This is an approximate 10 percent lost in total membership, reflecting many more than just teachers who currently must pay forced dues. Hundreds of thousands of teachers may get their way. They will resign their membership because they no longer feel compelled to support the labor union that purports to represent them. A union that works for teachers does not have to force them to join or support it. A union that does not work for teachers has no right to force them into supporting it. Mike Antonucci has the story in the74million.org.
The nation’s largest teachers union plans to reduce its budget by $50 million in anticipation of an unfavorable verdict in Janus v. AFSCME, a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in February that challenges the right of government unions to charge non-members for representing them.
Though the proposed budget cuts will not take effect until September, NEA has already begun to reduce staff, eliminating 41 staff positions through buyouts, early retirements, and attrition. NEA employs more than 500 people at its Washington, D.C., headquarters; the average salary is $123,613 plus benefits.