JANUS v. AFSCME -"A real threat, not a drill"

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Supreme Court has announced it will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case that once again raises the question of whether public employees must pay dues even if they disagree with their union's position and argue the enforcement of dues violates their First Amendment rights.

This case is likely to be argued in February with decision by the end of the court's term in June.


CASE BACKGROUND: Mark Janus, the plaintiff, is a child support specialist for the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) represents Janus and the other 35,000 state employees in Illinois.   Janus doesn't think AFSCME is working for the good of the Illinois government especially when it comes to collective bargaining and pension decisions. Janus doesn't believe he should be forced to pay union dues, however, feels he has the right to receive the benefits of union gains. Ridiculous.
AFSCME argues we should prevent "free riders" from getting the benefits of union contracts without paying for them. They also argue that having one representative of employees makes it easier to bargain and "ensure labor peace."
  • UNIONS ARE PREPARING FOR A LOSS IN COURT
  • THERE'S EVIDENCE TO BACK THOSE CONCERNS
Unions are already preparing for a loss: the National Education Association has budgeted for a decline in members, and state affiliates are also warning about a loss in revenue and membership.


NYSUT KNOWS THE DEVASTATING EFFECT THIS COULD HAVE ON US


NYSUT President Andy Palotta "This is a real threat-this is not a drill-this is an existential threat to the labor movement." Palotta urges all locals to remain solid and stick with their union. Years of work will be lost if we don't and we will be crippled moving forward.
 
More to follow......
Please follow all information via The Scribe, BVP's/Building Meetings, keep yourself informed and prepared to have conversations to save YOUR UNION!

 

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