California Arbitrator Keeps Books Closed

Published January 1, 1998

An arbitrator paid by the California Teacher Association put an end to 10 months of hearings and deliberation in late November by ruling against 1,250 teachers who challenged the union’s claim about how it spends compulsory union dues collected from more than 200,000 California teachers. As well as upholding every claim of the CTA and the National Education Association, arbitrator Geraldine M. Randall endorsed the union officials’ practice of denying California teachers the constitutionally required independent audit of the local union’s books and records.