Detroit teachers union president gets 31% pay increase while members take big cuts

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Friday, May 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized, Unions 3 Comments

DETROIT – While teachers at Michigan’s largest school district were living under a wage freeze, and more recently hearing rumors of possible payless paydays, one school employee who is also president of the local teachers union got a huge raise. That district is the insolvent and academically challenged Detroit Public Schools, and the union president is Ivy […]


Teacher plaintiff worries Scalia death may impact Supreme Court union dues decision

By UnionWatch on Friday, March 25th, 2016 in Unions 5 Comments

Rebecca Friedrichs, a third-grade teacher in the Savanna School District, which serves portions of northwest Orange County, is the lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a lawsuit brought by several teachers that challenged the hegemonic power of their union to collect fees from non-union members. The challenge, made on First Amendment grounds, could […]


Forced dues by government unions scrutinized during Supreme Court hearing

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Unions 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a case that could end mandatory union dues and fees for public sector workers, which are currently required in about half the states in the country. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and involves whether requiring teachers and other government employees […]


TEACHER: Unions losing fight against members, parents, school choice

By Larry Sand on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 in Unions 13 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The teachers unions’ fight against parental and teacher choice is not going well for them. Teacher union membership is dwindling. In fact, it has dipped below 50 percent nationwide, down from a high of almost 70 percent in 1993. Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, having  become “right-to-work” (RTW) states over the past several […]


Allow teachers to decide whether to fund their union

By Rebecca Friedrichs on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 in Unions No Comments

ANAHEIM, Calif. – School starts this month for millions of students across our nation. While many students will excitedly embrace new skills and friendships, many of their teachers will be burdened by the conflicts associated with forced unionism.


Employee Freedom Week: Friedrichs vs. CTA

By Association of American Educators on Friday, August 21st, 2015 in Unions No Comments

NEW BERLIN, Wis. – As an educator in Wisconsin and advocate for teacher freedom of choice, I was thrilled to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the Rebecca Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association (CTA) case this fall.


Michigan’s largest teachers union fails to disclose 30 percent of its income

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Sunday, August 9th, 2015 in Unions No Comments

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, routinely submits financially reports to the federal government, as it is legally required. But the reports can leave outsiders wondering about the source of the roughly 30 percent of its income that is categorized under the heading of “All Other Receipts.”


National AFT overthrows local teachers union leadership in Florida

By Mike Antonucci on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 in Unions No Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. – In the name of “holding sacrosanct the democratic rights of its members,” the American Federation of Teachers removed from office the duly elected officers and representatives of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (OCCTA) and placed a national administrator in sole charge.


Union president attacks school board while they pay her not to teach

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, July 13th, 2015 in Unions No Comments

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – While Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers union president Linda Carter has claimed the superintendent and school board were trying to “destroy” the school district, that same school board has spent $250,000-plus allowing union officials to work on union activities during school hours instead of teaching.