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Supreme Court to hear anti-union Friederichs v. California Teachers Association case Jan 11

By staff |
January 6, 2016
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Minneapolis, MN - The Supreme Court is set to hear the case Friederichs v. California Teachers Association, Jan 11. The case could weaken public sector unions by forcing the public sector to be ‘right to work’ nationwide.

The court will determine whether public sector unions can continue to collect ‘fair share’ or ‘agency fees’ from non-members who benefit from the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by unions, and could overturn the landmark case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME 3800 - the clerical workers union at the University of Minnesota, said, “The laws and courts cannot be counted on to defend the rights of working people and our unions. The right to unionize and the right to act together in our collective interest is a fundamental human right. Nobody can take that away.”

Horazuk continued, “Public sector unions throughout the U.S. gained legal recognition by organizing, going on strike and by breaking unjust laws. Working people want organizations that will fight for them. We must remember our history and once again build a labor movement that is willing to stand up and fight back against the bosses.”