On Feb. 24 The Times reported, "The California Teachers Assn. is digging deep to fight an initiative that would limit how unions and others can raise money for political campaigns through paycheck dues deductions." Prop. 226, the Campaign Reform Initiative, does not limit union fund-raising at all. It only requires permission from the union member to take his or her money for political purposes.
It looks as if the California Teachers Assn. is afraid to give its membership that power. Teachers would only stop contributing if they disagreed with the CTA's political agenda on issues like bilingual education or education reform. It looks to me that digging deep means raising union dues and fees on teachers in order to fight against the protection of their rights.