In the original Vergara case, a trial judge ruled in 2014 that tenure and seniority rights for teachers were a violation of the California State Constitution but on appeal the deicision was overturned by a unanimous 3-0 appeals court judgment this past April. The California Supreme Court refused to hear the case thus keeping tenure and seniority protections for teachers. This was a significant case as the right wing has copy-cat cases in other states including New York.
Tenure and seniority protections have been weakened in New York but I would probably be unemployed if they didn't exist as my school was closed in 2014. I have spent most of the last two years as a provisional teacher.
Teacher unions have now dodged the bullet twice this year with the California courts upholding tenure and seniority along with the Friedrichs US Supreme Court decision where mandatory agency fee payments for non-union members were upheld by a split US Supreme Court in a 4-4 vote. If Justice Scalia didn't die last February, we almost certainly would have lost and we would be in a different world now.
A ninth Supreme Court justice needs to be appointed and another will more than likely retire soon enough so the presidential election is quite important. Since the judges Donald Trump said he would nominate would more than likely be anti-union and anti-public education, voting against Trump is a no-brainer if ever there was one for public school teachers and parents.
Like it or not, liberal judges tend to be a bit kinder to us.
The people who want to destroy us aren't stopping. They have lots of money and will just pop up somewhere else.
"This decision falls short of the binding mandate for change that California voters, students, parents and educators had hoped for, but the issues at the heart of Vergara are not going away - and neither are we, " Students Matter said in a statement.
This quote came from The74, an anti union site.