COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN ANTI-UNION CASE
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments Jan. 11 in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the AFT and our allies continue pushing out the message about the threat the anti-union case poses to the rights of working Americans. On Jan. 6, union members attempted to deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures to the Center for Individual Rights in Washington, D.C., which is behind the Friedrichs lawsuit. On arriving at the building, however, security employees wouldn’t let the members past the lobby, and the center’s staff refused to speak to them. That same day at a press briefing on the case organized by the Alliance for Justice, a coalition of advocacy organizations that includes the AFT, Illinois high school teacher Pankaj Sharma was a featured speaker. A member of the AFT-affiliated North Suburban Teachers Union, Sharma spoke of how his strong, vibrant union has advocated effectively not only for school employees but also for the community at large on a range of issues.
•Read more about events related to Friedrichs.
•Read a Medium post by the educator who started the petition.
Inside AFT–Jan. 8