California teachers sue union over dues

The so-called Center for Individual Rights (a right wing litigation boutique funded by the usual billionaires) is helping ten California teachers challenge the state “union shop” law.

Apparently these misguided teachers are mad that they have to pay union dues to get the benefits of the contracts that the union has negotiated.

The Center for Individual Rights hopes to take the case to the Supreme Court and overturn union shops nationwide. If successful, the ten California plaintiffs will probably end up being quashed like insects by their employer. After which, they’ll blame Obamacare.

California teachers sue union over dues, politics | Fox News.

Columnist eviscerates recent teacher-tenure lawsuit

On August 28, 2014, the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles issued its final judgment in Vergara v. California, striking down the teacher tenure protections of the California Education Code as unconstitutional.

All the anti-union voices — as well as many idiot liberals — hailed the decision as a great victory for students. It was not.

Richard D. Kahlenberg wrote in Slate:

Reforming (or gutting) tenure laws might make it easier to weed out bad teachers, but it does nothing to address the underlying ability of segregated schools to attract and retain strong teachers. As a result, even if tenure reform is successful, there is little reason to think new teachers hired in high-poverty schools will be much better.

In fact, we know of no evidence that firing bad teachers improves student performance. Our own research suggests that breaking the unions (and that’s what Vergara v. California is really about) has no effect at all on educational outcome.

To read the evisceration promised above, read Joe Patrice’s column at AboveTheLaw.

Right wing “think tank” protests Labor Day by working today.

“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,” said Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe, in announcing that his group of idiots won’t take Labor Day off.

Or maybe I should rewrite this post to say that McCabe has announced that his group is standing in solidarity with all the workers who have to be on the job today — bus drivers, waitresses, nurses, utility workers, and fire fighters.

Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day | Seattle Times Mobile.