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Supreme Court: Last RESORT for CUNY Professors Suing Union Over Alleged Antisemitism

Supreme Court: Last RESORT for CUNY Professors Suing Union Over Alleged Antisemitism

ā€” A collective of professors from the City University of New York (CUNY) is taking legal action against a teachers union, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY (PSC). They accuse PSC of fostering antisemitism. The professors see their ultimate hope in the Supreme Courtā€™s intervention. Despite their resignation from the union due to its perceived anti-Jewish bias, state law obliges them to maintain an association with it.

The dispute ignited when PSC endorsed a ā€œResolution in Support of the Palestinian Peopleā€ in 2021. This resolution was interpreted as antisemitic and anti-Israel by six professors, prompting their withdrawal from the union. Nonetheless, New York State law dictates that these same professors must be represented by this union in collective bargaining discussions.

Avraham Goldstein, a mathematics professor and one of the six dissenters, voiced his distress over being compelled to align with a union he believes issues antisemitic statements without his approval.

This legal battle follows on from a significant Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME (2018). The court decided that public employees who are not members canā€™t be forced to pay fees to a union as it infringes upon their First Amendment rights.

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