An equally divided U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employers have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining. The 4-4 decision leaves intact the sound law of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that has been working for nearly four decades.
At issue in Friedrichs was whether non-union members could share the wages, benefits and protections negotiated in a collectively bargained contract without needing to pay their fair share for the cost of those negotiations.
“The case was brought by the Center for Individual Rights, an organization funded by corporate special interests that are pushing their own agenda, which clearly does not include the well-being of children in public schools,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President.
“The case was a thinly veiled attempt to weaken collective bargaining and silence educators’ voices as we seek to ensure that every child has what they need to learn and succeed – safe schools, learning opportunities that begin by age four, classes small enough for individual attention, and modern up-to-date resources,” said McGilvray.
“People need to remember that our working conditions are your child’s learning conditions. That’s why we have fought so hard to preserve these collective bargaining rights.”