With Supreme Court case looming, union urges workers to join
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Mar 07, 2018
The Supreme Court last month heard arguments in the case of Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees—and if the union loses, unions and many union experts warn, all of America’s workers are likely to lose.
In Janus, the AFSCME and its allies say this is a make-or-break fight for their ability to raise funds to continue to raise adequate funds to fight for workers’ rights, both for those who belong to a union and those who do not. If AFSCME loses, unions in 23 states will no longer be able to charge “agency fees” from nonunion members, fees that comprise a considerable portion of revenue for some unions.
The American Federation of Government Employees this week rang another alarm bell about the case and its possible consequences, in an announcement on its website.
“If the Supremes rule against AFSCME, the right to freeload will extend to public sector employees nationwide,” AFGE said. “Unions will lose resources, which means working people will likely see a pay cut, have to pay more for health insurance, and are less likely to have any money saved up for retirement.”
“Good jobs will disappear,” the union said starkly. “The rich will get richer, and the rest of us are left fighting for the scraps.”
AFGE offers one way that will surely help in pushing back against efforts to debilitate unions.
“Ask your coworkers to join a union!” the announcement exhorts. “It’s the most powerful way to fight back and send a message that they cannot destroy us. The union is everyone. It is as strong as we want it to be. So, join a union today and protect our freedom to fight for fair compensation, affordable healthcare, and retirement security!”
The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on Janus in June.