2018 in Union News
The recent Supreme Court decision to disregard 40 years of their own legal precedents protecting workers’ rights was exactly what powerful corporate interests groups wanted: the erosion of unions.
JANUS v AFSCME FAQs
What is the Janus case?
Janus v AFSCME is a lawsuit brought before the Supreme Court that was part of a well-funded campaign by the rich and powerful to divide workers and weaken our strength in numbers. Backed by corporate interest groups, a worker in Illinois, Mark Janus, sued his union, AFSCME, claiming that it was a violation of his rights to require him to pay "fair share" fees in return for union representation and other benefits.
What was the ruling?
As expected, the split decision was 5-4 in favor of Janus.
How does the ruling affect CSU employees?
It doesn't. It will have no impact if we stick together with our brothers and sisters in solidarity and stand by our union. A union means unity: we are all in it together. We all pay our share and we all benefit from what we win at the bargaining table, together. That is how we have won a fair contract at the bargaining table, how we have successfully gotten the Legislature to back our audits, and how together we win.
If Janus wins, does it mean I can drop my union membership?
The whole point of the case is to divide workers and limit our power. Union membership has ALWAYS BEEN voluntary. Dropping your membership and weakening our union is EXACTLY what powerful corporate interest groups want, because without unions, we would be back to working for bad bosses and getting paid low wages with fewer benefits and no recourse and no strength to bargain.
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I'm already a member. Why am I getting emails asking me to renew my membership?
When you originally joined the Union, you signed a card that tied your membership to the life of the contract, typically three years. With the new membership card, CSUEU is being proactive and protecting the union - and its members - from potential lawsuits that arise from the Janus v AFSCME ruling.
How is the "new" card different from the "old" card?
With the new renewal, you agree to: 1. Become a member and 2. Pay dues - both of which will be renewed annually unless you choose to drop. The window to drop is more flexible, opens every year, and is based on the anniversary date when you signed up to be a member.
Will the Union still be negotiating contracts with the CSU?
Yes, CSUEU will continue to negotiate contracts but without your support as a union member, we will be divided and Management will know we are weak because we don't have your support. Weak unions = weak contracts.
Will the Union still represent me if I drop my membership and stop paying my "fair share"?
Yes, but without the fees from a strong membership, union resources will be impacted negatively and we will not have adequate resources. That is why it's critical that we all stick together and not fall for this latest attack that seeks to divide and weaken us. As to its contractual and statutory duty, the Union will not be contractually obligated to represent non-members on disciplinary matters.
How can I help?
Educate your coworkers that we are stronger when we stick together. Tell them why you choose to support CSUEU, and sign them up.
Remember: You can now sign up or renew your membership fully online.:
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