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BURLINGAME – The following statement was released today by California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel following announcement that a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Central District in Santa Ana dismissed a lawsuit – Friedrichs v. CTA – on Thursday which challenged CTA’s right to collect fair share fees from non-members to cover the costs of representation:
“It’s always satisfying when the courts side with working people and the rights of their unions to protect and defend them. On a daily basis, CTA works tirelessly to represent all educators – members and non-members alike. Because non-members benefit from this work to ensure they have quality teaching and learning conditions, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled it is only fair that they contribute toward these expenses. The Supreme Court has held these fees to be fair, constitutional and proper. It’s gratifying to see that this court has ruled that these fair share fees are lawful and entirely constitutional. We are confident that this attempt by forces to use the courts to gravely diminish the voices of CTA and other unions will not succeed if appealed, as we expect this case will be.”
CTA attorneys argued successfully against the merits of the lawsuit, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris also intervened in the case to defend the constitutionality of the state’s fair share fee laws. Read the ruling to dismiss the lawsuit by Judge Josephine L. Staton here.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association