School District Capitulates to
Teacher Regarding Union Dues
July 9, 2002
Placentia, CA - The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
finally agreed to allow one of its teachers to have all of his union
dues diverted to three charities instead of the California Teachers
Association. Initially, the school district refused to accommodate his
sincere convictions against supporting the teacher's union. However,
after receiving a demand letter from the Pacific Justice Institute,
the union gave in to the teacher's request.
Section 701J of Title VII requires that employers accommodate an
employee's religious conviction against paying union dues by allowing
them to divert the dues to a charity. "I truly believe it was the
demand letter, which PJI sent to my teacher's union leadership, which
finally convinced them I would not back down," said the teacher.
Specifically, the teacher had objections to his personal funds being
sent to the NEA/CTA which reportedly espoused differing views on
issues such as life, family and marriage.
"We salute the courage of this teacher to stand up to his union
because of his religious convictions. We look forward to continuing
our work to represent many more just like him in the days ahead," said
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute.
The Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal
defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom,
parental rights, and other civil liberties.
P.O. Box 4366, Citrus Heights, CA 95611
Phone (916) 857-6900 Fax (916) 857-6902 www.pacificjustice.org
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