California: teachers only have consititutional rights 30 days a year

I have exciting news -- in partnership with the California Policy Center, we’ve just filed a lawsuit in California, Few v. UTLA, to restore the First Amendment rights of special ed teacher Thomas Few. 

As you know, earlier this summer the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory union membership for all teachers, and government workers, in the U.S., yet the United Teachers of Los Angeles refuse to let Few out. 

He has repeatedly tried to leave the union and asked his employer, the Los Angeles Unified School District, to stop withholding union dues from his paycheck. Both refuse to recognize his rights. UTLA has insisted that Few can only exercise his constitutional rights opt out once a year during a brief, 30-day period which they define.

Teachers only have constitutional rights 30 days out of the year? 

That’s not only unjust, it’s illegal. It’s unconstitutional. We all make sacrifices to be in public service, but our constitutional rights shouldn’t have to be one of them. That’s why the Liberty Justice Center is committed to taking the UTLA and LAUSD to court in order to restore the rights of all teachers. 

You can find out more about the case at https://libertyjusticecenter.org/cases/few-v-utla.

What you can do to help:

  • Share information about this case with your social media networks to boost public awareness of these unfair practices.

  • Make sure your friends and colleagues are aware that they have the constitutional right to join a government union and the constitutional right to leave a government union without fear of losing their job or contract.

  • Let us know if you are getting pushback leaving your government union! We’re fighting to Thomas Few and other government employees across the nation.We can fight for you.