Watch Rebecca Friedrichs Explain Why She Is Standing Up to Her Union

January 08, 2016

Watch as Rebecca Friedrichs explains what inspired her to become a teacher, her love of the profession, and why she decided to stand up to her union. Watch and share her story.

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5 Ways to Show Your Support For Rebecca Friedrichs During Oral Arguments

January 07, 2016

Oral arguments in Friedrichs v. CTA are on Monday, January 11th at 10:00am. Even if you can’t join us, here are some ways you can show your support.




1. Change your profile picture to show you stand with Rebecca.


2. Post a picture of yourself saying why you stand with Rebecca.

3. Share

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Harlan Elrich Explains Why He is Suing His Union in Friedrichs

January 04, 2016

The nine teachers who are suing their union in Friedrichs v. CTA are doing so because they believe that many union stances taken in collective bargaining are bad for public schoolteachers and bad for the children they teach. They are asking the Court to rule that as individuals they have

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CIR Files Reply Brief in Friedrichs

December 16, 2015

The Union, the state of California, and the Obama administration, filed briefs last month in an attempt to justify their position that the First Amendment does not protect public school teachers. This week, CIR filed reply briefs that forcefully argue in defense of the First Amendment.

There is rarely any justification

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Get the Latest Friedrichs News on Facebook and Twitter

December 15, 2015

As Rebecca Friedrichs’s landmark case speeds to the Supreme Court, CIR has created a Facebook and Twitter page to help share all the latest news in her fight to defend the First Amendment rights of teachers and other public employees.

You can hear from Friedrichs, other teachers from around the country, see the

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24 Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Forced Union Dues

November 17, 2015

Twenty-four amicus briefs have been filed at the Supreme Court in support of compelled union dues. The parties who have signed on to the briefs include the Obama administration, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and twenty-two union organizations.

A theme repeated throughout many of the briefs is that political

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Union, California Attorney General File Briefs in Friedrichs

November 11, 2015

The California Teacher’s Association and the California Attorney General have filed briefs before the Supreme Court in response to CIR’s arguments on behalf of Rebecca Friedrichs and other public school teachers.

The Union’s brief argues that public employees, like Rebecca Friedrichs and other school teachers, can be compelled to support political activity

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CIR Files Brief in Defense of Small Business Owner

November 04, 2015

Like many government agencies, the Small Business Administration utilizes a system of racial preferences in the awarding of government contracts (called the “Section 8(a)” program). Unfortunately, when Congress created the Section 8(a) program, it failed to provide guidance to agencies on the basic question of what sort of small business

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CIR Defends Police Union Against Government Electioneering

November 03, 2015

It seems commonsense to say that the government should not spend public funds to support one particular candidate or cause in a public election, yet that is exactly what the government of Montgomery County, Maryland has done. In an ongoing case against the county, CIR has filed an amicus brief

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Motion For Summary Judgment Filed in Voting Rights Case

November 02, 2015

CIR plaintiff Arnold Davis is back in the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam to continue his challenge to Guam’s race-exclusive plebiscite. In 2013, this same District Court dismissed Davis’ lawsuit by saying he had no standing to sue the government of Guam. However, with CIR’s help, Davis appealed

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