Former public school teacher says unions are becoming 'what they used to fight'

Former public school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs said on Friday that national unions in the U.S. have gotten so corrupt that they "have become what they used to fight."

"I'm pro-local union," Friedrichs, founder of For Kids and Country, told hosts Buck Sexton and Don Calloway on Hill.TV's "Rising."

"I'm pro-standing together," she continued. "Of course, a lot of our government agencies — schools, in particular — have become incredibly corrupt, and people feel vulnerable if they have to stand alone."

"I am anti-corruption, and state and national unions, particularly teachers unions, and other ... public sector unions have become incredibly corrupt," Friedrichs said. 

"They are riding on their great past when they did some wonderful things, but they literally have become what they used to fight." 

Friedrichs was the lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which was argued before the Supreme Court in 2016.

The case questioned whether unions violated public employees' First Amendment rights through agency shops, which is a form of a union security agreement. It threatened to roll back state laws requiring public sector workers to pay their “fair share” of union fees when a worker opts out of union representation.

The justices were deadlocked on the decision, which resulted in a victory for unions. 

— Julia Manchester