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 […]


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.”


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.