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A lawsuit from a conservative think tank argues that teachers in California were booted out of their union after complaining that dues were deducted from their paycheck unconstitutionally — but that the union kept on deducting the membership fees anyway.
“California teachers this week filed a class-action lawsuit against the California Teachers Association alleging the union violated their First Amendment rights by continuing to deduct union dues from their wages over their repeatedly stated objections,” stated a news release from the Freedom Foundation, issued last week.
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“The suit, filed on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims CTA operatives pressured the teachers to join the union without informing them of their constitutional rights. Last June the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME ruled that public-sector workers cannot be compelled to financially support a union as a condition of employment without a showing that the employee provided ‘clear’ and ‘affirmative’ consent for union dues deductions.”
According to one of the teachers in the lawsuit, the dues total over $1,500 a year.
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“These dues are a negative financial impact to a lot of teachers who live in the Bay Area where there is a high cost of living,” special education teacher Bethany Mendez said, according to The Associated Press.
The five teachers involved in the suit claim that they were never told of the Janus decision by the CTA and “that the paperwork — which included language purportedly making dues payments irrevocable — was simply routine,” the Freedom Foundation release stated.
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“Later, when the teachers attempted to opt out, the union responded by terminating their formal membership, but continuing to deduct dues from their paychecks.”
In the Freedom Foundation release, Mariah Gondeiro-Watt, a Freedom Foundation attorney, said that was contrary to the Supreme Court’s intent.
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“The Janus ruling stated unambiguously that unions and government...
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