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Mouthing off about Becky Friedrichs

Arguments were heard in the Friedrichs vs. CTA case that could make public employee fair share fee's illegal

Brian Young's picture
Jan 11, 2016

All across the United States, labor organizations are sounding off on the first day of the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguemtns on Monday, January 11, 2016. Below is a synopsis of a few statements. To get more, just google it. 

Worker's Independent News on behalf of the California Teachers Association: "If you look a little bit deeper, you look at the money that's behind this case, it's the same group of people who have been attackin' labor and attackin' unions in state after state. And in California they haven't been very successful. So now they're tryin' this new tactic,"said Eric Heins, President of the California Teachers Association. "It is a completely political act. All voters need to start educating themselves about what these attacks are really about. And who's behind them and the money behind them and what happens when we don't win these attacks. They need to vote. There's more of us than there is of them. And the only way that they can really do it is if they continue to manipulate us into voting against our own self-interest. Ultimately we have a stronger power if we choose to engage with each other and express that power as workers."

The New Jersey AFL-CIO: Strong unions empower working people to fight for justice, fairness, dignity and respect. The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing on Monday, January 11, 2016, threatens to silence our voice as working people.

In the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s new video, union leaders talk about the power of unions and how important it is to remain united to overcome the challenges facing middle-class families. Please watch as Donna Chiera, president of AFT NJ, Sherryl Gordon, executive director of AFSCME Council 1, and Tim Rudolph, president of IFPTE Local 195, discuss why they and their members are union proud and union strong. Please share the video with people in your network and keep up with the case by visiting us at, on Facebook at New Jersey State AFL-CIO or Twitter @NJAFLCIO.

Our adversaries are the Koch Brothers and their network of wealthy donors. The obscenely rich Kochs and others like them are behind the Friedrichs case, whose ultimate goal is to eliminate unions. An adverse decision will hurt every sector of the labor movement and weaken the middle class. That is why we must stand united to counter the threat of the Koch Brothers and their moneyed interests. While we cannot underestimate the power of the rich, we must never forget that our collective voice will prevail. More than ever, as this case plays out in the Supreme Court, we need working Americans to come together to protect our country’s middle class. We need our union members to remain active, and stay strong.

New York State United Teachers: “The case being heard today by the U.S. Supreme Court — Friedrichs vs the California Teachers’ Association — aims not only to reverse decades of settled law, but also threatens the voice, working conditions and living standard of workers in New York State and across the nation. Unions are the last line of defense for America’s besieged middle class. They are an essential counterweight to worker exploitation, unsafe workplace conditions and corporate greed — as well as bad public policy such as overtesting of students and the unfair evaluation of educators. New York State’s amicus brief to this case — filed by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with the full support of NYSUT — makes it clear that, while it is fair for workers to contribute toward the cost of collective bargaining done on their behalf, no worker in New York is compelled to join a union or pay toward a union’s political activities. Make no mistake: Friedrichs vs CTA is a direct attack on American workers and a continuation of the relentless assault on labor by anti-union forces. NYSUT and its members will continue to fight — as we always have — to improve the lives of workers, ensuring always that their rights are protected and voices are heard while on the job.”

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