U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case That May Have Major Impact on Public Employee Unions
This semester you will be hearing a lot about a case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, starting with oral arguments on Monday, February 26 – Janus v. AFSCME.
This case has the potential to make “Right to Work” law in all 50 states.
This case would likely overturn Abood v. Detroit, where the Supreme Court affirmed that it was constitutional for public sector unions to collect fair share fees (agency fees in CT) from employees who choose not to join a union, but who the union is legally required to represent in negotiations with the employer.
As all public employees enjoy the benefits, job security, and other protections the union negotiates, it is only fair that all employees contribute to the cost of securing those benefits and protections. Without this security, the union’s collective power can be seriously weakened as members can be divided when a “free rider” effect erodes the solidarity encouraged by a “fair share” approach.
Make no mistake that this is an attempt to starve unions of resources and power. But the 4Cs is using this threat as an incentive to create a historic union-wide member outreach effort and to transform our union!
We are asking members to Save the Date for February 26, as the 4Cs and other unions and supporters are planning actions around the state and country.
If you have not recommitted to the union by signing a new membership form, please take a moment to sign it now here.