CEAFU is a Special Project of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism supporters know that for years teachers have been forced to join or support teachers unions whether they wish to or not. Despite the June, 2018 landmark, Foundation-won Janus v. AFSCME case, teacher union officials continue to take dues from unwilling and unsuspecting teachers. They do not do this surreptitiously, like pickpockets do, but the result is nevertheless the same. Neither teacher wanted to stop teaching during last Fall’s Chicago Teachers Union strike. Unlike teacher union offiicials, they put their students ahead of the union’s agenda.
The editorial quotes one of the two teachers represented by Foundation staff attorneys and shows how CTU and the Chicago School Board continued to take money from them in violation of their First Amendment rights:
When the CTU went on strike last fall, Joanne Troesch and Ifeoma Nkemdi didn’t want to stop teaching. Ms. Nkemdi says her second graders are “incredible, highly intelligent young people” but “already disenfranchised,” so “I didn’t feel they needed to be away from school, period. . . . Time away was going to be detrimental.”
Both teachers quit the union, and in late October asked Chicago Public Schools to
stop deducting dues from their paychecks. But even after receiving notice, the
union continued to pilfer $35.71 from Ms. Troesch and $59.51 from Ms. Nkemdi
every two weeks. The CTU claims members may revoke permission for dues
deductions only during the month of August, and anyone who leaves after that
must pay until the next escape window.
Foundation attorney Bill Messenger also commented on the “escape window period” stratagem teacher union officials employed:
As of May 1, there were some 89 active lawsuits nationwide challenging similar
union “escape windows” or the forced collection of dues, says Bill Messenger, the
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation lawyer who argued Janus. He
represents the two teachers.
The editorial urges federal courts enforce the Janus decision and rule unconstitutional “escape window periods.” which the Foundation has found invalid.
[CTU’s top lawyer] says the union operates “stringently within the letter of the
law.” The union’s escape-window shenanigans show otherwise. Federal courts
need to enforce Janus or it will have no meaning.