Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case that has the potential to redefine the union movement. Mark Janus, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, backed by greedy corporations and organizations have continued the ongoing attack on working people's freedoms. More than 40 years ago in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education the U.S. Supreme Court upheld our rights to speak with one voice on behalf of all workers. They understood that all of the recipients of the benefits of a hard fought union contract must contribute in order for workers coming together to bargain, protect and represent workers effectively. They established the precedent that "free riders" could not infringe on our rights. The Janus case which was made possible by Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's appointee to the Supreme Court, is a concerted attempt to undercut the power of working families and sabotage our freedom to speak up in the workplace.
Below you will see some coverage from the AFT, NEA, AFSCME and SEIU press conference that launched their campaign against Janus. The Long Island Federation of Labor is also working with local unions to mobilize on February 24th for a Working People's Day of Action in NYC, more details can be found here. We invite all who are reading this to attend the rally with us and learn more about how Janus can affect all of us.