Teachers Empowering Teachers

Educators committed to placing our profession above politics and respecting the individual rights and freedoms of teachers everywhere.

Teachers Empowering Teachers

Educators committed to placing our profession above politics and respecting the individual rights and freedoms of teachers everywhere.

Information On The Janus Supreme Court Ruling

Information On The Janus Supreme Court Ruling

OUR MISSION

Our purpose is to help teachers exercise their First Amendment rights to freedom of association without threats or coercion from unions. We exist for the purpose of educating, equipping, and empowering teachers with the resources and support they need to speak out with their own voices, apart from bureaucrats and the state and national unions steeped in their own, often lopsided and disconnected, political agendas. State and national teachers’ unions have dominated the conversation on education reform, and we believe teachers themselves deserve a place at the table.

Free to Teach (FTT) is an initiative of Americans for Fair Treatment that empowers Pennsylvania teachers to create the best possible environment for their students, their schools, and themselves. At FTT, we work to shed light on issues facing teachers and to provide information, resources, and options. Beyond that, we provide a supportive and diverse network of teachers across the commonwealth who share the same concerns and believe there’s a better way.

OUR MISSION

Our purpose is to help teachers exercise their First Amendment rights to freedom of association without threats or coercion from unions. We exist for the purpose of educating, equipping, and empowering teachers with the resources and support they need to speak out with their own voices, apart from bureaucrats and the state and national unions steeped in their own, often lopsided and disconnected, political agendas. State and national teachers’ unions have dominated the conversation on education reform, and we believe teachers themselves deserve a place at the table.

Free to Teach (FTT) is an initiative of Americans for Fair Treatment that empowers Pennsylvania teachers to create the best possible environment for their students, their schools, and themselves. At FTT, we work to shed light on issues facing teachers and to provide information, resources, and options. Beyond that, we provide a supportive and diverse network of teachers across the commonwealth who share the same concerns and believe there’s a better way.

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Myth #2: Dues aren’t used for politics

Myth #2: Dues aren’t used for politics

Like a zombie, this myth just doesn’t die. But member dues can be spent on a variety of “soft” political activities, such as get-out-the-vote drives, election mailers, lobbying of legislators, and public marketing campaigns. In 2017-18, the PSEA spent $2.9 million of teachers’ union dues on “political activities and lobbying.”

Myths teachers’ unions don’t want you to question

Myths teachers’ unions don’t want you to question

Free to Teach wants you to know what’s up. Over the next week, we will be rolling out a six-day blog series called,  “6 Myths Teachers’ Unions Don’t Want You to Question.” Today we will tackle Myth #1—Nobody can force you to join a union. While technically true, the statement hides a world of coercion employees feel regarding union membership.

It’s true that after the Janus v. AFSCME decision, no teacher or public education worker can be forced to pay fair share fees. However, unionization is still coercive in a number of ways. For example, members who are not happy with their union and want to resign are often trapped for years because of narrow resignation windows, officially known and legally sanctioned in state law as “maintenance of membership.”

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