Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues

By John Fensterwald, edsource.org

Vergara v. State of California, threatening teacher protection laws in California, has consumed the attention of the California Teachers Association. But another lawsuit working its way through the courts is striking at the core of the CTA’s power: its authority to automatically deduct hundreds of millions of dollars a year in dues from the paychecks of both members and non-members.

Why Did Labor Oppose Transparency?

By Robert Gammon, East Bay Express

Ever since organized labor killed legislation late last month that would have improved transparency in political campaigns in California, many rank-and-file Democrats and good-government advocates have been angry and bewildered.

Public Employee Unions Need More Transparency

By Daniel DiSalvo, Investor’s Business Daily

Powerful public employee unions regularly criticize American government as undemocratic and call for campaign finance reform, more citizen participation and greater governmental transparency. Many of these unions, especially those representing teachers, increasingly seek to democratize corporations though shareholder activism.

Judge: Michigan teachers can exit union anytime

By David Eggert, utsandiego.com

Michigan’s largest teachers’ union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, relying on the state right-to-work law that took effect last year.