UFF-FAU Preface: Since Florida is already a “right to work (for less)” state, the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME won’t directly affect your union, the United Faculty of Florida, and other public sector unions in Florida. However, it will have a major effect on our national affiliates, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO) and other public sector unions in many other states. This article explains what’s at stake in this latest attack on workers’ rights.
From The Washington Post, June 12, 2018
(Corrections: A similar case was heard by the court two years ago, not Janus. And Aboud case was issued in 1977, not 1997.)
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to render its decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, and it is expected that the conservative majority on the court will oppose public sector unions (though, of course, it could decide not to).
In February, with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listening in the courtroom, the justices heard arguments in the case involving an Illinois public sector employee, Mark Janus, who sued the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He argued that a state law allowing the union to charge and collect fees from nonmembers, including him, violates his and others’ First Amendment rights.
The Janus decision could affect laws in 22 states that allow public sector unions to charge and collect “agency” or “fair share” fees from public employees who aren’t members. The rationale behind those laws: Workers benefit from contracts negotiated by unions — whether they’re members or not — and should pay something to support the unions.