Attacks on unions and public education: Janus v. AFSCME
All working people benefit from having unions in their communities because managers have to offer better pay and benefits to compete against organized worksites.
Corporate interests and lawmakers with a different agenda want to financially destabilize labor unions. They are doing this through anti-worker measures at the national and state levels because unions break down the economic barriers for working Americans.
Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa just last year passed major legislation to erode union power and workers' rights. There are also a slew of cases in the queue for the U.S. Supreme Court that will likely make right-to-work style laws the lay of the land for public employees. The latest is Janus v. AFSCME, which will be heard Feb. 26 and a decision expected by June 2018.
How it's playing out in other states
By many measures, quality of life is worse in states with weaker unions. The result of "right to work" is this: Unions are dismantled. Wages are lower, people are less likely to have health insurance and the necessary resources for a quality education.
The attacks can happen fast. In Iowa, anti-union lawmakers decimated collective bargaining laws in 10 days. And the ramifications can be devastating to the profession. In Wisconsin, teacher compensation plummeted $10,483 within four years.
Why your union matters
We are powerful when we have a collective voice. That is why it's so important for educators and other public workers to stick together, no matter what happens in our courts or at the Capitol.
Working in union gives educators the power to make meaningful improvements for students, our profession, public education and our communities. Here's what it means to belong to Education Minnesota.
How it could play out here
As these attacks continue and increase, Education Minnesota is engaging members and increasing revenue to fight back and keep our union strong.
Right-wing "think tanks" and advocacy groups will try to twist the facts about union membership, dues and political activity.
Here are some organizations to watch for and their agenda.
Resources and videos