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Teachers sue to join union without paying for political activities

Posted: April 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm

An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop teachers unions in California from using member dues for political purposes unless individual instructors provide their permission.

The effort, if successful, could weaken the influence of these unions by limiting their spending.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court by StudentsFirst, a Sacramento-based organization that has opposed candidates and measures backed by teachers unions nationwide, while also working to pass laws that curtail union power.

In the suit, four teachers, including two from the Los Angeles Unified School District, assert that union rules and state laws violate their 1st Amendment rights to free speech because they cannot belong to the union unless they allow a portion of their dues to be spent on political activity. The teachers claim they should be able to join without subsidizing viewpoints they may oppose.

As part of protecting the right to free speech, the 1st Amendment does not permit forcing an individual to subsidize speech by a third party that he or she does not wish to support, the suit states.

The defendants are the two largest teachers unions in the country as well as the two largest in California. Also being suedare two union locals where three of the teachers work, including United Teachers Los Angeles. The suit also names the superintendents of L.A. Unified, West Contra Costa Unified and Arcadia Unified school districts.

Union leaders characterized the legal action as an attempt to limit what labor can accomplish against well-funded business interests and other opponents by cutting off funding.

Thislawsuit is attempting to use the 1st Amendment to stifle speech, not enhance it, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement.

In California, although teachers are not compelled to join a union, they must pay a portion of membership dues as agency fees to cover their estimated share of costs when the union negotiates contract terms on their behalf.

The remaining portion, which the plaintiffs pegged at 30% to 40%, can be spent on political activities. Union leaders pointed out that contributing this portion is optional.

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ACLU accuses local school of violating students First Amendment rights – Video

Posted: April 5, 2015 at 9:47 am



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Protest against varsity V-C

Posted: April 4, 2015 at 4:40 am

Members of civil society organisations and various political outfits on Thursday staged a demonstration in front of the Head Post Office here.

They demanded the Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry to immediately intervene and remove Pondicherry University Vice-Chancellor Chandra Krishnamoorthy.

The agitators led by G. Sugumaran, Secretary, Federation for Peoples Rights, said that a professors association had questioned her credentials to hold the post and also sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into various irregularities reported in the University.

The agitators also demanded that the University authorities initiate disciplinary action against three employees of the University for assaulting an activist of Periyar Dravida Kazhagam while he had put up posters condemning the Vice-Chancellor.

Agitators urge Centre to remove Chandra Krishnamoorthy

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Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (February 4, 1997) – Video

Posted: March 5, 2015 at 8:43 pm



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Ron Paul: State of the Union (of Liberty) 2015 – Video

Posted: January 31, 2015 at 4:42 am



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Youth Congress protests against internet censorship outside Ravi Shankar Prasad’s residence – Video

Posted: January 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm



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Members of Youth Congress held a protest against censorship in internet outside Union Minister for Communications Information Ravi Shankar Prasad's residence.

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NATO Expansion in Eastern Europe ‘Destroys EU Security Order’ Former Soviet Union President Mikhail – Video

Posted: January 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm



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