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Becky Friedrichs' Book is Stupid

Friedrich's on tour to teach union busting, but does anyone care?

Brian Young's picture
Apr 16, 2019

Before there was Mark Janus, Rebecca Friedrichs was the face of the anti-union movement. A teacher from California, she challenged fair share fees in a case that made it to the Supreme Court in 2016. Her case was ultimately defeated when Justice Antonin Scalia died, leaving the court deadlocked at 4-4.

Of course, a similar case, Janus v AFSCME, would come before the newly conservative court just two years later and Trump’ appointee, Neil Gorsuch, would provide the deciding vote. Now nearly a year after the Janus case and three years after the Friedrichs case, Mark Janus is a high paid lobbyist for the Koch brothers and Friedrichs is writing a book about the evils of unions.

The book, Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers' Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country, was released in November of 2018 as a hardcover. It is now also available for download on Kindle. In the book, Friedrich’s uses 304 pages to outline her lies and misinformation about teachers unions, ranging from her local union up to the National Educators Association (NEA). Some of her claims include the statement that teachers unions “Undermine parents’ authority by sexually, socially, and politically indoctrinating kids.” She believes this is the case because unions like the NEA work with organizations like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), a group that was formed by a teacher to stop bullying against LGBT students. A study conducted by the anti-union Center for Union Facts found that in the 7 years between 2010 and 2017 the entire United States union movement gave Planned Parenthood a measly $1.2 million. For comparison, the Center for Union Facts found that the AFL-CIO in 2015 spent $859,000 in charitable giving. Over the seven-year period, they would have given about $5 million in charitable donations, from one single organization.  

The book sometimes reads more like a fantasy novel. Throughout the book she alleges that the most common question that people ask her is “Are you afraid for your life?” and she claims that she often meets teachers who bring her into dark rooms to let them know they support her, but first check the room for hidden microphones or cameras. Becky seems to have watched a few too many Hollywood films during her time writing the book.

Friedrichs is now on a promotional tour for the book, doing interviews with right-wing media outlets like Breitbart and Fox News where she makes outrageous claims. On Fox and Friends, she claims that the Teachers Union has passed a law that forces teachers to tell kids as young as 12 to get abortions. In a Breitbart interview, Friedrichs also claimed that the recent #RedforEd protests are “the unions are pitching a major temper tantrum here. They’re going to wreak havoc across the country until they get what they want. That’s what bullies do. And it’s time we all stopped them.”

The book, which is available in hardcover and digitally on Amazon, does not appear to be selling well since it is already being offered on sale. It does have 21 reviews, many of which look fake, giving it a 5-star review. If you are interested in letting Amazon know what you think of the book click here and leave a review.

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