Exactly one year ago today, June 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that split the justices 5 to 4 in the case of Janus v. AFSCME.
They ruled in favor of Janus in what was always meant to be a death blow to public-employee unions throughout the country.
The decision requires unions to represent public employees in their bargaining units, including those who neither join the union and pay dues, nor pay agency fees to support the union. The aim was to dangle the bait of “something for nothing” to cause mass member defections and drain the unions’ resources, so they would fail to negotiate and enforce strong contracts.
The well-heeled and organized union-haters behind the Janus case won the legal battle, but they’ve lost the war. They’ve lost it because PEF members and other public employees quickly saw through the sham and stepped right over the trap.
“Our members are much too smart to fall for this and they have stayed strong and unified. That allows us to move forward every day with our campaigns and programs to make their lives better and more successful,” said PEF President Wayne Spence. “We know we can achieve our goals because our members’ loyalty and commitment to the union make that possible.”
PEF has more members today (more than 52,300 compared to nearly 51,870) than it had a year ago when the Janus ruling was announced, and that’s because the union saw the challenge coming, kept you informed by constantly reaching out to you in person and online, and always looks for ways to hear and follow up on your concerns, ideas and goals.
“Our members make me so proud,” Spence said. “They constantly step up and demonstrate their unity and belief in our mission. That is why we succeed together, over and over again.”