The California Teachers Association (CTA) has quietly started to prepare its members for life after extortion. It has put together a report titled “Not if, but when: Living in a world without Fair Share,” in which it acknowledges that the days of being able to extort teachers to bribe Democrats may be fast coming to an end. Automatic, compulsory union membership for teachers is being challenged in court; and the thugs who run the state’s biggest teachers union can see that the outcome will lead to an end of their cushy lives.
They have prepared a slideshow outlining the “terrible consequences” of their racket being curtailed. They warn that the union will lose members, will have to reduce staff (Oh no!) will lose the ability to influence pension and benefits decisions, and will see smaller chapters close down. They realize that teachers will flee their clutches the minute they are given the opportunity. When they see that the plantation gate has been opened, the stampede will be on–as has happened elsewhere across the country when union slaves have been set free.
The CTA is well aware that the recent Supreme Court case Harris V. Quinn has declared union shakedowns unconstitutional. In Harris, the Court heard the case of Illinois forcing home care workers to pay their “fair share” to the SEIU–although they never had any intention of joining a union. As the CTA see it, the union greed and overreach of the SEIU has provided the grounds for the “death knell for fair share.”
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CTA fears of extinction are well founded. When Republican Scott Walker broke the stranglehold of unions on state workers, union membership dropped dramatically to a point where they are no longer political players in the state.
The case that is currently being argued at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could be the end of the CTA’s power if it hits the Supreme Court. Given the mood of the Court toward union overreaches, it could very well bring down the curtain on the CTA’s extortion scheme.
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