A friend forwarded to me an ad for a teaching position in the nearby Rocklin school district. There's a glaring legal error in the job posting:
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Bachelor's Degree with valid California Single subject Teaching Credential authorizing service in assigned subject area. NCLB compliance and EL authorization (ELA, CLAD, BCLAD, BCC, ELD/SDAIE, LDS) are required. Membership and dues in Rocklin Teacher's Professional Association/CTA are required. (boldface mine)
WRONG! As much as the union folks would like that to be true, the US Supreme Court has ruled that employees do not have to be union members. In California, though, which is a so-called "fair share" state, we can opt out of the union but still have to pay a specified percentage of union dues as an "agency fee" since the union is legally required to represent all employees.
The morally right and just thing to do is not to require unions to represent those who don't want to be represented by the union, and not to require those people to pay for this representation they don't even want. But current state and federal law is the law.
But Rocklin's ad is definitely wrong from a legal standpoint. I wonder if it's actionable, similar to if they'd put "no blacks need apply" in their ad....
If you'd like more information about opting out of the union (I get a rebate check from the union each year in the amount of about $350, right before Christmas), please visit the web site for the California Teachers Empowerment Network.