California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs spoke out against teachers unions at the Republican National Convention on Monday and said Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris opposed teachers’ efforts to break free of unionization in 2016.
Friedrichs claimed in her speech that teachers unions, which are among the most powerful unions in the country, don’t care about children, parents, scientific facts or American values. According to Friedrichs, when she and a group of California teachers sued a California teachers union, they were “brutalized” by Harris’ allies.
“I’m here to give voice to America’s great teachers because our voices have been silenced for decades by unions who claim to represent us,” Friedrichs said. “They do not.” (RELATED: LA Teachers Union Demands Defunding Of Police, Medicare-For-All).
Friedrichs was the lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016, according to The Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The plaintiffs argued that Americans nationwide should have right-to-work protections, which protect union workers from being fired if they opt out of their union.