Pankaj Sharma goes to Washington.

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Mr. Pankaj Sharma teaches History, Government and Politics, African and Latin American studies at Niles North High School in Skokie.

He has a B.A in History and Education and a M.A in Teaching from Washington University in St. Louis.

He is a former president of the Niles Township Federation of Teachers.

On Monday at 9:30 AM Mr. Sharma will stand on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington and call on the justices to rule in favor of union rights and fair play.

One half hour later oral arguments will begin in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, an historic labor case that threatens workers’ rights to join with colleagues and advocate for the communities they serve.

The Court will be asked to rule whether those who receive the benefits of a union contract should pay something in return whether they choose to be members of that union or not.

The suit is backed by the Center for Individual Rights, a right-wing group funded by the Koch Brothers, and supported by Governor Bruce Rauner, a proponent of the move to eliminate unions, who has filed his own amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the Friedrichs case, a move Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has called unlawful.

3 thoughts on “Pankaj Sharma goes to Washington.

  1. “…Governor Bruce Rauner, a proponent of the move to eliminate unions, who has filed his own amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the Friedrichs case, a move Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has called unlawful”: I just love irony, or is it hypocrisy? Don’t you?

  2. And no one finer to speak for us than Mr. Sharma. It was my pleasure to meet him as the hard-working organizer of an NSTU (No. Suburban Teachers Union) rally in protest of SB 1,
    Thank you, Pankaj, and wishing you a safe and successful journey!

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