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California Teachers Sue over Forced Union Fees

March 11, 2017

A group of public school teachers is suing the districts that employ them and one of the state’s teachers unions for forcing non-members to pay union fees.

From the complaint:

“The State of California and its public school districts, in cooperation with the California Teachers Association and the other named Defendants, maintain an agency-shop regime that injures public-school teachers (including Plaintiffs) by forcing them to make financial contributions to teachers’ unions as a condition of public employment,” the lawsuit complaint states.

“California’s agency-shop arrangement violates Plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights in two distinct ways,” the complaint further states. “First, it violates Plaintiffs’ rights of free speech and association by forcing them to contribute to so-called chargeable union expenditures that are germane to collective bargaining, even though those contributions provide economic support to nonchargeable union activities and even though many of the chargeable expenditures and collective-bargaining activities are contrary to Plaintiffs’ political beliefs and personal interests. Second, the agency shop arrangement violates Plaintiffs’ rights of free speech and association by forcing them to undergo an opt-out process each year to avoid contributing to political and ideological expenditures that Defendant Unions concede are not germane to collective bargaining.”

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