Group Tells L.A. Teachers They Don’t Have to Obey Union Bosses and Strike

‘Los Angeles educators should know that they do not have to abandon their classrooms simply because union officials make demands…’

Los Angeles Teachers Have Right to Defy Union, Says Right-to-Work Group

L.A. Teacher Strike/IMAGE: CBS This Morning via Youtube

(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) A teachers’ union in Los Angeles ordered an estimated 30,000 of its members to strike on Monday, but for educators unwilling to abandon their students, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is here to help.

A press release from the organization detailed its efforts to inform teachers of their rights in the face of what is likely to be stiff opposition from union leaders if they refused to go along with the strike.

The foundation issued a Special Legal Notice laying out the freedoms that educators still enjoy.

Importantly, teachers can still reject the demands of union officials, but they have to go about it strategically or will find themselves in peril.

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First, the foundation wants teachers to know the union has no authority over nonmembers, who cannot be disciplined for crossing a picket line and working during a strike.

For union members, things can get more dicey.

The firm warns that union officials can (and often do) fine members thousands of dollars for working during a strike.

Thus, union members should definitely consider terminating their membership at least a day before they go back to work to avoid financial ruin.

The foundation says it is “imperative” that any teachers who follow this advice provide the union with notice of their resignation before crossing the picket line.

Helpfully, the notice also gives updated information on the First Amendment rights of workers and how to eject an unwanted union from a workplace.

Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, says Los Angeles teachers shouldn’t be afraid of powerful union officials.

“Despite union boss pressure, Los Angeles educators should know that they do not have to abandon their classrooms simply because union officials make demands. The Foundation will provide free legal aid for any teacher or other worker who seeks to exercise his or her rights, or is subjected to threats for doing so.”