Many of you have heard about the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. If you haven’t, then I can best summarize it by saying it’s a direct attack on unions by greedy corporate interests who are trying to take away our power.
If it seems like we keep talking about the Janus case, it’s because there are still many people who don’t fully understand what’s at risk.
The Supreme Court is likely going to decide that unions can no longer charge nonmembers an agency fee for representation. Then anti-union groups are likely going to knock on your door and urge you to save a few dollars by quitting our union. They’ll tell you that you’ll get the same representation you currently enjoy as a member. Don’t be fooled into becoming a free rider!
What these wealthy special interests won’t tell you is that if enough members stop paying dues, our union could be decertified in your workplace. This means your contract would go away and you would no longer have any of the protections or benefits it provides, like negotiated pay increases and paid time off. You would no longer have representation. You would no longer be eligible for any of the CSEA member-only benefits you currently have that can save you money.
If you want to stop this from happening, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides, stay with CSEA — it’s the very heart of what the Never Quit campaign is about.
Similar to what we did with the Constitutional Convention last year, we can all go one step further and talk with our fellow members to remind them that it takes all of us to preserve the strength of our union.
When anti-union groups urge you to quit our union, tell them you are sticking with our union. Tell them CSEA members never quit!