Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
DECISION: WORKING FAMILIES VICTORIOUS! ON JUNE 28, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIED PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST TO REHEAR THE CASE, WHICH WAS AFFIRMED IN FAVOR OF CTA BY A TIE VOTE IN THE LOWER COURT ON MARCH 29.
The Court's decision to not rehear Friedrichs v. CTA means the case is over. It will not be reheard or carried over to next Court term. The lower court ruling stands and CTA prevails - case closed.
March 29 decision upholds a mandate that has been in effect for more than 40 years and affords America's workers, including educators across California, the opportunity to come together to improve their working and student learning conditions.
This decision is a victory for educators and all public employees, but most importantly a victory for the millions of students of California and across the U.S. By having the ability to join together to make our voices heard on issues that affect all of us – such as quality and safe schools, and healthy school environments for our kids – we ensure that our public schools remain strong and our students get the quality public education they need and deserve.
CTA President Eric Heins' statement
CTA President speaks out on Friedrichs decision (video)
CTA/NEA joint press release
America Works Together statement
News roundup on the Friedrichs decision
A lawsuit that would hurt working families and threatens to silence the collective voice of teachers and other union members was heard before highest court in the land on January 11.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard how Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association seeks to make it harder for educators to come together to bargain for smaller class sizes, safer schools, and better learning environments for all students. The plaintiffs seek to overturn common sense jurisprudence established in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education in 1977, which allows states and localities the freedom to choose whether all public employees should pay their fair share for the employment representation they receive.
Hundreds of amici (friends of the court) - representing all levels of government, public officials, civil rights organizations, academic experts, and others - filed 24 briefs amici curiae with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of CTA.
The original lawsuit was filed on April 30, 2013, in federal court in Santa Ana, seeking to overturn agency fees as an unconstitutional violation of non-members’ First Amendment rights. The suit, which is backed by big money corporate special interests, also contends that it is unconstitutional for unions to require non-members to “opt out” of supporting non-chargeable expenditures. Learn more on agency - or Fair Share - fees.
In addition to the amici briefs, CTA and NEA - together with a number of unions - filed respondents' brief for the case. Read the summary of the respondents' brief, and review blog posts about the amici briefs filed by AFT & AAUP, AFL-CIO & AFSCME, and Constitutional Law Professors in support of CTA. You can also check the summary of all 24 Amici briefs representing hundreds of "friends of the court" supporters here.
Read CTA's News Release on the court hearing
Read California Attorney General's statement
International Support: Read British Columbia Teachers' Federation letter in support of CTA