The right of working people to join together in strong unions is under attack. Corporations and far-right special interest groups have launched their latest assault on working people, and they’re calling it “right to work.” It might sound good, but don’t be fooled by the name. “Right to work” is an attempt to destroy labor unions.
The people who want to make America a “right to work” country are the same people who want to rig the tax system in their favor and eliminate the public services we all rely on to make our communities work. Unions are the only way for working people to have a voice on the job, and strong unions are needed now more than ever. We will not allow the wealthy few to take away your rights – but we need your help to stop them!
What is Janus v. AFSCME?
Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 is a “right to work” case currently before the US Supreme Court. If the Court rules against our union, employers here in New York State will be allowed to encourage their workers to quit the Union. Workers will no longer have to pay their fair share even when they get the benefits of working under a union contract. The Supreme Court heard¬ oral arguments for this case in February, with a final decision likely to be issued by the summer.
How does “right to work” affect me?
Many states already have “right to work” laws on the books. Statistics show that workers in those states are much worse off. In “right to work” states, workers make an average of $6,109 less each year, are almost 50% more likely to be killed on the job (Bureau of Labor Statistics), and the poverty rate is 20% higher than states without “right to work” laws (Census Bureau).
What can I do to fight back?
Get involved in your union! Our members across New York State are actively engaged in the AFSCME Strong campaign to talk to their co-workers, recommit to the Union by signing new membership cards, and contribute to the Union’s political activities. If you’re interested in getting involved in the AFSCME Strong campaign, contact your Local President or your nearest Council 66 office.