FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Burlingame – Proving that its actions were nothing more than a baseless political stunt, the National Right to Work Committee has withdrawn and dismissed "in its entirety" the lawsuit filed in September against the California Teachers Association regarding the collection of member dues.
"This was a frivolous lawsuit designed to promote Proposition 75 and an attempt to undermine the ability of CTA to represent its members effectively," said Barbara E. Kerr, president of the 335,000-member teachers association. "NRWC's dismissal of the legal action after the election proves that the plaintiffs knew they didn't have a case, but filed the action only to make headlines during the campaign."
The lawsuit, filed by the Virginia-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, had no basis in fact or in law. It was simply a politically motivated attempt to promote Proposition 75 which was supported by many of the same big corporations and wealthy individuals that bankroll the National Right to Work Foundation.
In October, U.S. District Court Judge James Ware denied a request for a temporary restraining order by NRWC, stating he was not willing to extend the law as the group had requested.
"Like Proposition 75, this suit was never about protecting workers; it was about silencing them," said Kerr. "CTA has a long record of compliance with all legal requirements in regard to the collection of dues and their use for political purposes. We are scrupulous in our record keeping and take every precaution to protect the rights of all members and fee payers."