Politics

Unions Could Lose Big in California

A teacher in California is in a legal fight with a teachers’ union that could not only result in their extortion scheme being halted and reversed, it may cost Dems loads of campaign money going into 2020.

Tommy Few, a teacher in the Los Angeles School District, is suing the United Teachers of L.A. over their treatment of him when he tried to leave the union. Mr. Few knew that last summer the SCOTUS ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that you couldn’t charge union dues to non-members even if the union represents those non-union teachers in collective bargaining. Tommy Few wanted out to save the expense of the dues. He also knew that the teachers’ unions use a large portion of their funds to bankroll Dem candidates.

Upon hearing his request the union stonewalled him. Then they lied and told him there was only a certain time he could leave. Finally they caved and told the school district to stop collecting union dues from him and gave him back all the dues he paid after the Janus decision.

But they shouldn’t have ticked him off in the first place. Because now he’s seeking reimbursement of all his dues since he became a teacher in L.A. Other teachers all over California are following his lead. This case will certainly go to the SCOTUS where the precedent set by Janus will play a large part. After the SCOTUS ruling, one union, the Service Employees International Union, lost 210,000 dues payers. If unions lose on this the cost in dues repayment alone would be enormous. Lost revenue in the future? Carl Sagan numbers.

Imagine: teachers would no longer have to pay a middlebrow protection racket in order to work and instruct kids. Their priority could be their students, not pleasing white-collar layabouts who used to grow rich on their dues. With those fees no longer flowing in, union goons wouldn’t be able to intimidate teachers and mutually backscratch Dem politicians at today’s levels. “On the Waterfront,” anyone?

The usual suspects such as California state pols and other concerned parasites will oppose this. However, if they don’t cut a deal soon and this eventually gets to the high court, those educrat bosses may lose so much money they’ll have to trade in their bad suits and vulgar cars for less thuggish options. As a product of that loss their former members would justifiably benefit.

Not exactly the kind of “workers’ rights” you goons had in mind, eh?

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David Kamioner

A veteran of service with US Army Intelligence, the Pershing Nuclear Brigade, and the First Infantry Division, Kamioner is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s European Division and spent over twenty years as a political consultant, college instructor, non-profit director, and corporate PR director. He hails from New York City and grew up in South Florida. He served with the American Red Cross as part of the relief effort for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. For several years he ran homeless shelters, most recently homeless shelters for US military veterans. He currently is a Senior Contributor for OpsLens.com, a writer for American Greatness, and the Editorial Director of This Week in the News with Drew Berquist. He is the author of the novel "Prisoner of the Chattering Class" and lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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