Greg Hartnett chose not to be a member of the teachers union. Yet the law allows unions to require nonmembers to pay fees regardless of whether they want representation. Collective bargaining is inherently political, and compelling nonmembers to pay to a union that they've chosen not to join violates protections of the First Amendment.
David Smith, homebound with muscular dystrophy, has relied on Don Lambrecht as his homecare worker for 25 years. An executive order from Gov. Wolf would let unions collect $8 million annually in dues from homecare workers by forcing representation on people like Don.
CHALLENGING THE UNION POLITICAL MACHINE
Teacher Linda Misja has never been a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Assoc. and she has never paid a fee for its representation—which she does not want. Linda is a religious objector to the union which means that her fee to the union can instead go to a nonreligious charity. Except that the PSEA won't let Linda decide where her money can go.
Mary Ann Dailey is an Associate Professor of nursing with more than 25 years of teaching experience. Mary Ann is also a member of the public sector union APSCUF. Prof. Dailey is challenging APSCUF’s practice of manipulating dues and creating a deceptive fundraising program in an effort to further fund union political work.
The Fairness Center represents School Reform Commission (SRC) member and former Democratic City Councilman Bill Green in his fight to be reinstated as rightful Chairman of the SRC. Gov. Tom Wolf illegally removed Green as Chairman of the SRC after Green’s reforms drew the ire of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
If someone used your name on an election mailer to solicit votes for a candidate without your consent, you’d probably feel betrayed. But what if they sent that mailer to your spouse, lied about who you were voting for, and made you pay for it all—violating state law in the process?
As religious objectors to union membership, teachers Jane Ladley, Chris Meier, and Linda Misja can send their money, otherwise “owed” the union, to charity. But the state’s largest teachers’ union rejected their chosen charities and is holding their money in escrow.
EXPOSING OUTRAGEOUS UNION CONTRACT TERMS
Teachers are paid to teach. But some unions take teachers from the classroom to do full-time union work. Many of these “ghost teachers”—who remain on district payroll—have worked full-time for the union for decades.
In Philadelphia, teachers on leave from the classroom are used to staff public-sector union offices, to lobby for unions’ political causes and candidates, and to promote union membership at the workplace. The Fairness Center is filing suit to expose Philadelphia’s union leave practices and to have this CBA provision declared illegal under state law.