Teachers Unions

Public School Teacher Rebecca Friedrichs: "I Never Asked the Union to Represent Me."

A California teacher is taking her fight with organized labor all the way to the Supreme Court.

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"We're asking that teachers be able to decide for ourselves, without fear or coercion, whether or not to join or fund a union," says Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran public school teacher in Buena Park, California. "It's that simple."

Friedrichs is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in April 2013 that seeks to overturn a California law that requires her to pay union dues even though she's not a member of the union.

There are 26 states with "agency shop" laws of this sort in place.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in its fall session.

Reason magazine's Matt Welch sat down with Friedrichs at FreedomFest 2015.

About 6 minutes.

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