Chicago Teachers Union Portrayed as Union Pickpockets
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.”