Standing together for our schools and our students
THE ISSUE


It is no secret that America’s economy has swung out of balance. It’s getting harder and harder to get by, let alone get ahead, and everyday Americans are working more than ever before. Our work has created record wealth for an economic recovery that’s been everywhere but ordinary peoples’ wallets. In addition, our schools and other public services have suffered.

Now there is a Supreme Court case that threatens to make things worse. Friedrichs v. CTA is about wealthy special interests that want to shift the balance of economic power in their favor, and make it even more difficult for working people to come together, speak up collectively, get ahead and help create an economy that works for everyone, and serve their communities in the best way possible.

Our very future is at stake. Educators, in particular, must fight to ensure that our schools remain strong and our students get the quality public education they deserve.
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On Jan. 11, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. CTA, a lawsuit that challenges the authority of CTA and other public employee unions to collect Fair Share fees.




THE TIMELINE
1977 2013 2014 2015 2016
2013
The Abood Case
2013
Friedrichs Suit Filed
2014
Signals From the Court
2015
Gearing Up for Battle
2016
Awaiting the Decision
U.S. Supreme Court rules public-sector unions can collect Fair Share fees from non-union employees. Plaintiffs accept rulings against them so they can fast-track the case to the Supreme Court. Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v. Quinn indicates it may be willing to overturn Abood. Supreme Court agrees to hear Friedrichs; hundreds file amicus briefs in support of CTA/NEA. Oral arguments commence in January; the court must issue its ruling by June 30, 2016, or before.

NEXT: WHAT IS FAIR SHARE?

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