A fourth-grade teacher in Anaheim public schools, Friedrichs has long had problems with the way the California Teachers Association spends the union dues it takes in and the way it goes about collecting the money from the rank and file. Now she and nine other teachers from around the state are fighting back. The 10 public school teachers allege in a lawsuit that the CTA, the largest affiliate of the National Education Association, has no right to spend the rank-and-file's money on political campaigns with which members disagree.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Friedrichs told FoxNews.com. “I’ve begrudgingly paid union fees for years.”
In the case, currently before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Friedrichs and the other teachers say the union forces them to participate in collective bargaining, pressures teachers to campaign for selected political candidates and unlawfully collects dues.
“It’s more than just the fees,” Friedrichs said. “I’m bothered with the ins and outs of collective bargaining. Everything they [the CTA] do is political.”
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