Later this year, the Supreme Court will make a decision on the Janus v AFSCMEcase, that decision could be a significant next step toward dismantling and weakening public sector unions in this country. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule in favor of Janus, and against Unions. But it’s not their decision that matters most – it’s what we do in response to their decision that really matters.
While the details are still unclear, the ruling is expected to make Union membership optional – meaning public employees cannot be required to join a Union and pay membership dues, but non-payers would still benefit from the Union’s representation. What is important to understand is that every one of our Brothers or Sisters who chooses to walk away, weakens our Union for all of us. The strength of our Union – and all Unions – comes from our size and our solidarity. Now, more than ever before, we must stand together.
If everyone chooses to stay in the Union, we will send a loud and strong message to our state and federal officials. The decisions we all make as individuals will determine the future of, and the strength of, Unions going forward.
This isn’t just about the Carmen’s Union, or Massachusetts Unions – this is about all Unions and what we stand for as Brothers and Sisters.
Included, below, is a video of Ben Gordon’s Presentation last month. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, we urge you to watch it and learn more about the Janus case and what it really means for all of us.
We don’t know what the Supreme Court ruling will do, but we can protect ourselves from the ruling and any of its potentially negative consequence by standing together. Today, we are asking you all, as Brothers and Sisters, to stand together – and stay together.
Pledge to stay with the Carmen’s Union, pledge to protect one another, and pledge to preserve what it means to be Union Proud in this country.
Click here to sign the Carmen’s Union Pledge to Stay Union Strong and Proud.
Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589