Pledge to Stay Union Strong and Proud!

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. 

In Solidarity,

Executive Board
Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589

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1 comment

    • William Murphy on May 31, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Neoliberal economic reforms have been shoved down the throat of America since the ’80s and had two large effects: lowering taxes on the rich and the destruction of organized labor, resulting in declining wages and worker protections.
    The main points of neo-liberalism include:
    1.THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.” It’s like Reagan’s “supply-side” and “trickle-down” economics — but somehow the wealth didn’t trickle down very much.
    2.CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role. Of course, they don’t oppose government subsidies and tax benefits for business.
    3.DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminish profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.
    4.PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
    5.ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

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