Education

California Teachers Association: Friedrichs SCOTUS Case Is A Political Attack On Worker Rights

January 12, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA-  The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Monday in an important case that threatens to silence the collective voice of teachers and other public sector union workers. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is an effort to outlaw Fair Share fees that workers covered by collective bargaining contracts must pay in return for the bargaining benefits.

The right-wing anti-union group the Center for Individual Rights – backed in part by the Koch brothers – is behind the Friedrichs case. Eric Heins, President of the California Teacher's Association, says this case is another attack against unions with the goal of weakening worker rights and worker political power. He says this case is not really about any free speech rights as claimed by the plaintiffs.

The right-wing anti-union group the Center for Individual Rights – backed in part by the Koch brothers – is behind the Friedrichs case. Eric Heins, President of the California Teacher's Association, says this case is another attack against unions with the goal of weakening worker rights and worker political power. He says this case is not really about any free speech rights as claimed by the plaintiffs.

If the union loses the Friedrichs case public unions nationwide could take a serious funding hit.

[Eric Heins]: "It is a completely political act. All voters need to start educating themselves about what these attacks are really about. And who's behind them and the money behind them and what happens when we don't win these attacks. They need to vote. There's more of us than there is of them. And the only way that they can really do it is if they continue to manipulate us into voting against our own self-interest. Ultimately we have a stronger power if we choose to engage with each other and express that power as workers." To hear the audio click the following link labor

 

January 11, 2016

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