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U.S. Supreme Court issues decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case.

posted Jun 28, 2018, 4:01 PM by GMHSLibrary

Dear Colleagues, 

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case. As anticipated, the decision came down 5-4 against the interests of working men and women and for the Koch brothers and other corporate interests that bankrolled the case. Many of the same forces behind the Janus case were also behind the pro-charter Yes on Question 2 campaign in 2016.

What does this mean for us? 

First, by staying together, we will be stronger than ever. Tell your co-workers and friends that you are “sticking with the union” by posting a message on social media. Go here for social media materials, or take a photo of yourself and co-workers holding up a sign with the word UNION. Post photos on social media. If you have an All In button, please wear it.

Second, talk about the importance of our union. Remind people that our union supports: 

●        Our voice. Educators need a voice and real power to improve teaching and learning conditions at the local, state and national levels. Whether the issue is testing, funding, adjunct faculty pay, educator evaluation, a bullying administrator or a living wage for the parents of our students, our voices — on behalf of ourselves, our students and our communities — are louder when we speak through our union.

●        Our profession. The union supports the schools, colleges and universities our students and communities deserve. Together, we are stronger as we demand the professional autonomy and respect that educators and all workers deserve. We advocate for pro-student education policies at the local, state and national levels and provide professional learning opportunities to our members.

●        Our interests. The union gives employees the power to bargain collectively for fair pay, benefits, working conditions and due process rights. This is fundamental to attracting and retaining qualified educators at all levels. If members drop out of the union to save a few dollars, it will cost them much more down the road in lost wages, fewer benefits and deteriorating working conditions.

●        Our rights. Members defend their rights through organizing and with the support of the MTA’s field, legal, policy and communications services, as well as with access to a $1 million liability insurance policy.

For more details on the benefits of membership, go here. To register for MTA’s Summer Conference, where building union power and education funding will be key topics, go here. 

The Janus decision is an outrage that underscores just how polarized our country has become. The case was backed by special interests that have long sought to “defund and defang” public employee unions. But there are more of us than there are of them. When we stick together, we can beat back the corporate privatizers and become stronger than ever.

Also, the MTA has been notified that some members are getting emails at their school email addresses encouraging people to withdraw from the union.   We all know that the strength of our union is in the collective power of our members sticking together!  As always, please feel free to contact me with concerns.  

# I’m sticking with the Union!