We’re stronger when we’re united—especially in the face of Janus

It’s hard to escape news of the Supreme Court case that seeks to destroy unions, but for those of us in Labor, the reports remind us that now is the time to build our strength.

The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees, challenges the current requirement that public-sector employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement must pay “agency fees” to the union representing them to cover the costs of contract negotiations.

Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, argues that paying even the limited fees “violates his First Amendment rights because issues related to contract negotiations—like salaries, pensions and benefits for government employees—are inherently political.” according to SCOTUSblog.

In states where “Right to Work” legislation is in place and union strength is diminished, the decision could prove fatal. But in states like California, unions, including CFA, are working hard to organize, build power, and help workers understand the strength we have at the bargaining table when we’re united.

“Janus and ‘Right-to-Work’ laws are intended to kill unions and kill opposition to the environment-destroying, inequality-promoting, education-corporatizing agenda of the far right,” said DD Wills, CFA’s Membership & Organizing Chair and a Professor Emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona. “But CFA and all Labor can survive by organizing. And by doing so, we will live to fight another day.”

Now, more than ever, it’s critical that you and your colleagues are CFA members. That you are part of the fabric and framework that protects faculty rights, academic freedom, and improves the lives of our students, and CSU system. Join today, and encourage those around you to join with us.

Stand up, fight back.