Union Settles Religious Discrimination Claims with Western Pennsylvania Teacher

Facing religious discrimination charges, the Pa. State Educ. Ass’n begrudgingly agreed May 14 to honor the right of a school teacher in Armstrong, Pa., to refrain from paying dues to the union because the organization’s social advocacy violated his religious convictions. Carl C. Glock, III, a practicing Christian, objected to association with the Armstrong Educ. Ass’n and its affiliates, the PSEA, and Nat’l Educ. Ass’n, because of their support of resolutions calling for special legal protections for homosexuality, abdicating parental responsibility, and criticizing the practice of home schooling.

After filing charges at the Equal Employment Opportunity Comm’n, Glock’s attorney, provided by the Nat’l Right to Work Legal Def. Fdn., helped persuade the union hierarchy to halt its discrimination by allowing Glock to donate his monthly agency fee to the W. Pa. Sch. for the Blind, rather than funding the AEA union and its affiliates.

“For far too long, union officials …