What if Janus Didn't Matter?

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
A teacher leader calls on public sector unions to renew their passion to fight for their rights in the face of Janus
If you read UCOMM Blog or follow the news, you know that in recent years attacks against public education and organized labor have come at a fast and furious pace.
On Election Day, we joined together to defeat a constitutional convention proposition that could have stripped away the rights for our children to a quality public education and many of the benefits our unions have worked so hard to earn for us. As we look ahead, new battles against our union and the schools we love are lurking out over the horizon.
Some say the next major challenge to unions will come from a ruling by the Supreme Court. Later in this newsletter, you will see an article with details about the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31; the "Janus" case.
Just like the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case of 2016, Janus, is an effort by corporate interests to weaken the strength of public unions and increase their profits.
A ruling against unions in Janus, would reverse over 40 years of established law and allow those who receive the benefits of union collective bargaining to "opt-out" of paying a fee for those benefits.
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