UniServ Vice Chair
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today turned its back on the educators, nurses, firefighters, police officers and public servants who make our communities strong and safe.
At issue in the Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) case decided by the court is whether government employees who are covered by and benefit from a union contract, though not union members, should have to contribute to the union’s costs for contract negotiations. With the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois social worker who is covered by a collective agreement but is not a union member, unions are expected to lose the ability to collect “fair share” fees from non-members.
Florida is a “right-to-work” state, so the Janus decision will not have the same impact on our union as it may in other states. In Florida, paying union dues is voluntary and has been since the 1970s.
Much like the union decertification bill (HB 7055) passed by the Florida Legislature this year, the objective of Janus is to divide and limit union members’ collective bargaining power. The Janus case is financed by the National Right to Work Foundation, which is part of a network funded by corporate billionaires and aims to use the courts to rig the rules against working people.
The Janus case and union decertification bills aren’t about what’s good for educators or our students; they are about corporate special interests who want to make it even harder for working people to come together and speak up for their students and their schools.
The key word is harder, not impossible.
As educators, we know what our students need to succeed, and unions like the Florida Education Association along with your local union have always helped educators use the collective bargaining process to negotiate for better learning environments, safe schools and smaller class sizes for all students. That will not change.
We are a resourceful group and will do whatever it takes to advocate for our profession and what our students need to succeed.
To read more about Janus clickhere.
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