We must stay united, we must stay strong,” said Local 888 President Brenda Rodrigues after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against government workers and their unions in the Janus vs AFSCME case. The court reversed a 41-year-old precedent that said all public workers represented by a union could be required to pay “fair share” fees. This ensured that everyone who benefits from union contracts – including wages, benefits and on-the-job protections – has to pay their fair share for their representation.
The new ruling will allow employees to be free riders by refusing to pay their way.
“This Supreme Court decision is yet another example of how billionaires have rigged the system against working people,” said Rodrigues. “But we are not going to allow a court case to stand in our way. Instead, we will redouble our efforts to build unity on the job.”
To begin the fight needed to move forward:
- Visit https://americaneedsunions.org/ to show support for America’s working families by posting photos holding “UNION” signs on social media using #Union!
- Pledge to keep sticking with the union by visiting: seiu888.org/memberpledge/
- Visit the Local 888 Facebook page and send a message https://www.facebook.com/SEIULocal888/
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the SEIU legal brief for the case.
- Use #WeRise on social media to show your unity in the face of the Supreme Court’s decision against public workers