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BURLINGAME – CTA President Dean E. Vogel, on behalf of 325,000 educators in California, issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that eight Illinois home healthcare workers cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees and pay their fair share for work done by unions on their behalf.
“This decision really goes to the heart of two big concerns in America. First, do we truly care about seniors and people with disabilities, and second, are we going to seriously take on the issue of income inequality? That is what’s really at stake here, and the systematic attack on working people is pushing us in the wrong direction on both fronts. We stand strong with our brothers and sisters in Illinois and across this great nation as the corporate forces behind state and national efforts take aim at the rights and values of middle class families. While they have money, we have the spirit and the numbers and a court case will not change our resolve. Today, we are more resolute than ever that joining together against these ill-intended forces is the best way to fight for our students, keep our communities safe, and ensure good jobs and freedom in our workplaces. We will not give up fighting for the rights of our students and members, their families, and our middle class brothers and sisters.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.