Janus v. AFSCME Update - Feb. 2018

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Janus v. AFSCME Update:  Winning Fair Pay and Affordable Healthcare in Contra Costa County Starts with Keeping Our Union STRONG!

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Oral arguments will be heard in the upcoming Janus v. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court case beginning TODAY, February 26. The case could effectively make our entire country “Right-to-Work” for public sector employees. If the Supreme Court rules against unions, Local 21 members’ dues would be paying for the services of non-members who wouldn’t pay fair share fees any more.

See short video:  Union Fair Share Fees explained.

In other states where so-called “Right-to-Work” laws were adopted, once fair share fees were eliminated, well organized and well financed groups backed by anti-union corporate interests convinced union members to drop their union membership and get their representation for free. When union membership declined, public workers lost their ability to win good contracts and defend their benefits from attacks. Wages were reduced, pension and healthcare benefits were curtailed, public sector jobs were outsourced, and workers’ rights were stripped away. If we don’t recommit to our union, the same things are likely to happen right here in Contra Costa County.

See short video: Local 21 Member Samantha Greene Reflects on Wisconsin Right to Work Law. 
Powerful corporate interests are not attacking public-employee unions because we are weak; they are attacking us because when we stand together in our unions we are strong. Since organizing for representation in 2009, Local 21 has fought takeaways, achieved wage and benefit gains, and strengthened workplace rights of our members. Our current union contract provides for employer cost-sharing of medical plan premium increases and an overall 10% across-the-board pay raise. In 2019, we will be in contract bargaining again fighting for fair wages and more affordable healthcare. But if we don’t reaffirm our commitment to Local 21, the progress we have made and all that we hope to achieve will be at risk.
We can’t stop the Supreme Court, but we can fight back this attack by talking with our coworkers about the value of our union and asking everyone to join or renew their Local 21 membership. We don't have to lose a single member, or allow Janus v. AFSCME to weaken our power and resources to fight at all. Even with Janus vs. AFSCME we still have a choice, and we must all choose to support our union!  
More than 200 Contra Costa County Chapter employees have already turned in the new Local 21 Membership Card, including some fee payers and non-members. But that means we have approximately 900 more employees to have conversations with, and we don’t have much time.
If you haven’t already done so, please print, complete, and return the new Local 21 Membership Card today. You can deliver your completed Membership Card to your nearest Chapter Leader or scan and email it to your Martinez Office staff representatives – Sean Stalbaum sstalbaum@ifpte21.org and Justin Decker jdecker@ifpte21.org.
Local 21 needs Volunteer Organizing Team (VOT) members to help us talk to everyone in the Union about recommitting to Local 21 and not letting the anti-union special interests tear us apart. If you will help talk with your co-workers about Janus v. AFSCME, please contact a Chapter Leader or staff representative right away.    
If we stick together in our Union, we can emerge from this threat of Janus v. AFSCME even stronger than we are now, and we can win real gains in Contra Costa County for all Local 21-represented employees.
Please sign the new Local 21 Membership Card and volunteer as a VOT member today!
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