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Myths and facts about teachers? employment rights concerning freedom of association

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Myths and facts about teachers? employment rights concerning freedom of association

09.02.20 10:27 AM

With the Fall 2020 school year under way, teachers and employees in the education sector face many unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the various actions our federal, state, and local governments are taking for K-12 education. What are teachers’ employment rights concerning freedom of association, including union membership? The following facts debunk common misconceptions teachers often have about their rights. Myth: I have to pay fees to a union even if I choose to not be a member. Fact: A recent poll found that 52 percent of teachers were not aware of their constitutional right to end payments to unions, so you are not alone if you are unclear what your options are. However, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its 2018 Janus v. AFSCME decision, affirmed the First Amendment* rights of all teachers and public employees across the country to decide whether* to financially support a union. Prior to the Janus ruling, teachers in non-right-to-work states were still forced to pay “agency fees” to unions, which are often nearly as high as official union dues. Fact: Unfortunately, there are many instances of unions and governments delaying, ignoring, and blocking the requests of teachers and other public employees […]

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