Friedrichs v. CTA

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 7.51.01 PMHere’s a quick update on Friedrichs v. CTA and resources (links at bottom of email) for your use. CTA, as it is named in the lawsuit, is part of a national labor effort to coordinate communications and coalition support. We’ve been doing a lot of research to develop message points and to launch a national coalition to support our work. The national coalition, America Works Together, launched its website today (still in the early stages).
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The NEA, along with CTA, SEIU, AFSCME and AFT, is part of a coalition called America Works Together (AWT) formed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association this year. As you likely know, in theFriedrichs case the Court will decide whether or not it is constitutional for public sector unions to collect Fair Share or agency fees from employees who choose not to join a union. The Court is being asked to overrule its unanimous 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which affirmed that collection of these fees was, in fact, constitutional. This is a case that could substantially impact NEA and all affiliates.
We are expecting oral arguments in this case this winter, in either December or January. The case will be decided by the end of June 2016.
America Works Together Coalition
On Tuesday, September 22, the AWT launched a new website at americaworkstogether.usas one way to shape the public narrative around fair share. This coalition includes NEA, CTA, SEIU, AFSCME, AFT, and a growing list of allied organizations who are coming together to make sure that working people in America have a voice around this court case. Along with the coalition, NEA will offer our state affiliates the necessary tools and support to talk about this case in the coming months.
Here are some new resources that have been added to the Fair Share Toolkit in CTA’s Leader Resources Center. Remember, you will need to log in to download these and other resources. Also, each of these pieces is intended for an internal audience only, and should not be shared on websites, etc.

Voices Independent Charter School

I’m sorry to report that on February 18th the SCCOE voted 4-3 to accept Voice’s petition to start an independent charter school in our district. They did so even though their own staffing report recommended they turn it down. I was happy and excited to see so many MPEA members in attendance.

Here is how each board member voted (click to enlarge).


On Monday, February 2, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu tentatively ruled in favor of sticking taxpayers with a large portion of exorbitant expenses for which the Vergara v. state of Californiaplaintiffs’ law firm Gibson Dunn sought reimbursement. While CTA’s motion to exonerate educators from having to pay for lavish trial expenses was granted, unfortunately, taxpayers are on the hook for $390,000 of the expenses exceeding $439,000.
The exorbitant reimbursement claim the plaintiffs submitted is above and beyond any actual attorney fees.CTA challenged these charges because a) we were not defendants in the case and b) the costs were excessive, unnecessary and, frankly, outrageous.
We have known all along what this case is really about, and it’s certainly not about kids. While the group that brought the suit deceptively named itself Students Matter, it appears that what really mattered to these attorneys was the money. Take a look at this graphic which outlines the exorbitant expenses they’re passing along to taxpayers. Please share it with as many people as you can and on your social media sites.
In addition to these unreasonable charges, plaintiff attorneys also appear to be “nickel and diming” taxpayers by billing $5,400 for “travel expenses” to a courthouse that is four blocks away from their own office. Also noteworthy is that they want mileage reimbursement for former LAUSD superintendent John Deasy (now a “consultant” to Students Matter since being shown the LAUSD exit door), whose office was also just a few blocks away from the court.
Taxpayers should not have to pay for these lavish expenses, but the judge’s ruling in this matter is not at all surprising considering his track record. Judge Treu is, after all, the same judge who made the original disastrous decision in the Vergara trial. But this abuse of money and power shows the mindset of the team that is scapegoating teachers instead of focusing on issues that would actually help California students.


Date: 12/19/14
2014-2015 CTA Scholarships & Awards Available Now!
You still have time to apply for the following scholarships and/or award:
Cesar Chavez Memorial Education AwardDeadline: January 9, 2015
This awards program provides recognition for teams of students and their teachers who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles by which César Chávez lived his life. The recipients, both students and sponsoring CTA members, will receive up to $550 and their work will be recognized by the posting of visual art and written essays online and in various CTA publications. The exact amount will be determined by the Awards committee.
CTA Scholarship for Dependent Children Deadline: February 6, 2015
This program offers up to thirty-five (35) scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to dependent children of active, retired or deceased CTA members. The highest scoring applicant is awarded the Ralph J. Flynn Memorial Scholarship.  Note: Application should be completed by the dependent child not the CTA member.
Del A. Weber Scholarship for Dependent Children Attending Continuation High School/Alternative Programs –  Deadline: February 6, 2015
This program offers one scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to a dependent child of an “active,” retired or deceased CTA member who is attending or attended a continuation high school or an alternative education program.   Note: Application should be completed by the dependent child not the CTA member.
CTA Scholarship for MembersDeadline: February 6, 2015
This program offers up to five (5) scholarships in the amount of $3,000 to an “active” CTA members completing college coursework. The highest scoring applicant is awarded the Alice Piper American Indian/Alaska Native Memorial Scholarship.
L. Gordon Bittle Memorial Scholarship for Student CTA (SCTA)
Deadline: February 6, 2015
This program offers up to three (3) scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to members of Student CTA (SCTA) who have demonstrated high academic achievement. The highest scoring SCTA member is awarded the Philip Vera Cruz Pacific Asian American Scholarship.
Martin Luther King, Jr. ScholarshipDeadline: February 20, 2015
This CTA scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to aid members of ethnic minorities in pursuing a college degree, credential or certification for a teaching-related career in public education. Applicant must be an “active” CTA member, Student CTA member or dependent child of a CTA member.
To apply for any of the above, click here  

Campaign 2014 Recommendations

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Teacher of the Year

Teachers of the Year, 2014
Congratulations to the

Individual School Sites’ “Teacher of the Year”

VV- Susan Kelleher
MP- Julie Lizarraga
IJA – Ernest Sandoval

And the District Wide “Teacher of the Year” from August Boeger

Albert Dave Smith !!

New Documents

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Teachers of the Year for 2013!

Congratulations to our Teachers of the Year for 2013!
Individual School Sites, “Teacher of the Year”

VV- Kelli Stowe
Marinela Reus
MP- Dina Chung
AB –
Lori Hiura

And our District Wide “Teacher of the year”

From IJA

Joe Nuno!!  

California Educator Magazine Article


Two of our very own members

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