April 5, 2016

Besieged teachers unions reach out to their members

Original article in EdSource by John Fensterwald.

With lawyers representing the 10 California teachers in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association vowing to resume their fight to overturn mandatory union fees when a new justice joins the U.S. Supreme Court, the 4-4 split that the Court announced last week amounts to a reprieve, not a victory, for the CTA and other unions representing public employees.

It’s also an opportunity to learn from a near-death experience.

“Teachers unions must not hunker down,” said Katharine Strunk, an associate professor of education and policy at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. “It’s time for them to do a reality check to see what it is that members want to protect.”

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