Janus v AFSCME: Assault On Working Families


Today, June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court declared there is, in fact, a free lunch. The Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that public sector workers that benefit from collective bargaining of the union in their workplace, have zero obligation to contribute to the costs associated with obtaining the very wages, benefits, and job protections they enjoy.  The Court overturned standing law that allowed unions to collect a share of dues from non-members to pay  for the costs incurred to obtain better wages and benefits the non-members would otherwise enjoy for free . The assault on those willing to give their time, money, and effort to bargain for a better workplace continues. This is nothing less than a full effort to break unions and silence the collective voice of workers.

This “fair share” portion was limited to a fair amount to cover costs associated with collective bargaining activities, not political action. The “free speech” argument was a red herring. No one has been compelled to financially support the political position of their workplace union.

Don’t kid yourself, this ruling is an assault on ALL working people and their families. Overtime, pensions, holidays, workplace safety, job security: you can wave goodbye to all of these things because, just like health insurance, they will be stripped from you in a slow steady pace. Collective bargaining, through labor unions, assures workers a unified voice and a fair bargaining process.

If you think your vote doesn’t matter, think again. I need your support.

Kent Balduchi

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