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 “Conservative Leaders for Education”) and State Policy Network expert Vincent Vernuccio.
On February 26th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME. The case was brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois public employee who challenged compelled union dues. CIR filed an amicus brief in support of Janus on behalf of Ryan Yohn and the six other teacher plaintiffs in Yohn v. CTA.
CIR filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court on behalf of Ryan Yohn and six other teacher plaintiffs from Yohn v. CTA. Our brief asked the Court to end compulsory union dues and burdensome opt-out requirements when it considers Janus v. AFSCME in early 2018.
On September 28th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging compulsory union dues. If Janus is successful, the Court could restore teacher’s First Amendment rights and declare compulsory dues unconstitutional in all fifty states.
On June 6th, Mark Janus filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear his case, Janus v. AFSCME.
On June 1st, Judge Josephine L. Staton denied CIR’s motion for Judgment on the Pleadings in Yohn v. CTA. Because the plaintiffs’ claims are foreclosed by Supreme Court precedent allowing unions to impose compulsory dues on non-union members, CIR’s motion argued that the District Court lacked authority to do anything other than enter judgment against the plaintiffs.
CIR recently filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in our case against compulsory union dues.
On February 6, The Center for Individual Rights filed a lawsuit against the state of California and the California Teachers Association on behalf of eight California public school teachers and the Association of American Educators. The teachers are challenging California’s “agency shop” law, which violates the First Amendment by forcing them to pay annual fees to the union – even if they are not a member.