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Teachers gathered together in Bolton Tuesday night heard CEA Policy Director Donald Williams explain the potential ramifications of Friedrichs.

Teachers gathered together in Bolton Tuesday night heard CEA Policy Director Donald Williams explain the potential ramifications of Friedrichs.

Calling public education “the last frontier and bastion of the American dream,” CEA President Sheila Cohen last night spoke with members gathered together in Bolton at the first of a series of County Forums CEA is holding in January and February. The forums’ focus is the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association lawsuit that the Supreme Court heard last week and its potential to impact teachers both individually and collectively.

Cohen said that the real purpose of reformers behind the Friedrichs case “is not to save the children, but to obliterate the middle class, minimize the role of teachers and parents, break unions, and privatize public education.”

Teachers at the forum last night asked many questions about Friedrichs and heard from CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Donald Williams and CEA Legal Counsel Melanie Kolek about the potential ramifications of a Supreme Court decision in favor of the plaintiffs. They explained that the Friedrichs case is an assault on organized labor by forces that want to destroy unions, attacking teachers’ rights to organize and succeed.

If you haven’t already registered to attend a forum in your area click here for a flier with more information, and contact your local president or county director (contact information on page 2 of the flier) to register.

Dates and locations for upcoming forums are as follows.

WINDHAM COUNTY
Wednesday, January 20
The Gold Eagle, Dayville

LITCHFIELD COUNTY
Thursday, January 21
Crystal Peak, Winchester

HARTFORD COUNTY
Monday, January 25
Maneeley’s, South Windsor

NEW LONDON COUNTY
Tuesday, January 26
Holiday Inn, Norwich

MIDDLESEX COUNTY
Wednesday, January 27
Crowne Plaza, Cromwell

NEW HAVEN COUNTY
Thursday, January 28
Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, Wallingford

FAIRFIELD COUNTY
Monday, February 1
Trumbull Marriott, Trumbull

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