Former CIR plaintiff and California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs has told the inside story of her decades long struggle against teachers unions in her new book, Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers’ Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country.
On October 25, CIR President Terry Pell helped take the fight for teacher freedom to the Pennsylvania state Legislature. He testified in support of proposed legislation designed to implement the Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Janus v. AFSCME along with former Secretary of Education William Bennett (now Chairman of
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow, October 31st, in Frank v. Gaos, a case in which CIR filed a supporting brief. Gaos will give the Court an opportunity to end the abuse of class action settlements, known as cy pres awards, in which lower courts award 100% of
It’s been over five years since the workers at Gerawan Farming voted to dercitify the United Farm Workers. The UFW was certified at Gerawan in 1990, but then abandoned the workers for nearly two decades. When the UFW returned in 2012, they demanded that Gerawan’s 5,000 employees, few of whom
Today, the Supreme Court ended compelled union dues and restored First Amendment rights to thousands of public employees across the country. In Janus v. AFSCME, the Court ruled that workers have a right to decide for themselves whether or not to join a union. After 40 years of coerced union
The Supreme Court is currently considering Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, a First Amendment challenge to public employee compulsory agency fees. Compelled unionism could soon be before the Supreme Court once again. Gerawan Farming, Inc. v. California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, cert. petition
On April 30th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Frank v. Gaos, a case in which CIR filed a supporting brief. The case challenges a well-known abuse of plaintiff class action settlements known as cy pres awards in which 100% of settlement awards are given to attorneys and third party
After facing attacks on nearly every front, the Massachusetts law banning stun guns and other electric weapons has finally been declared unconstitutional. The Supreme Court cast constitutional shade on the law in 2016’s Caetano v. Massachusetts. In light of that decision, the law has come under increasing scrutiny. CIR filed
On Monday, February 26th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. While attorneys argued inside the Court, CIR plaintiffs Ryan Yohn, Bruce Aster, and Darren Miller all traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak at a rally at the Supreme Court...
On Monday, February 26th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The case is brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois public employee who is challenging compelled union dues. CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Janus on behalf of Ryan Yohn and the six other teacher
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