message from the president

March 1, 2018



Their Plan is to Divide and Conquer: We Must Stand Up Together




On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about the Janus v. AFSCME case, which questions whether employees who are covered by a union contract should have to contribute union membership fees. Union membership has seen declines over the past few decades, and this court case will allow corporate and special interest groups to further divide and conquer. The cost of membership is overwhelmingly minute compared to the value of having a union to stand by your side.

Contributions for union membership are used for purposes that directly benefit its members; for example, they pay for costs associated with negotiating a good contract, as well as grievances and arbitrations so that the union can fight for its members when disagreements arise between an employee and employer. This case was not started solely by a member who was aggravated with the union, this was a formulated plan by the right wing to hurt and weaken unions. Once they’ve conquered the public sector unions, it will only be a matter of time before we see similar anti-union legislation aimed at private sector unions.

A decline in funds for membership will weaken unions’ ability to protect its members, and in turn result in lower pay and benefits for workers. Unions raise the standard of working conditions for all workers, and have been the voice of middle class values that we’ve worked so hard to gain. If unions are weakened the ability of workers to fight for livable wages and secure futures will also be significantly weakened. We must continue to stand together and show our support for both AFSCME and unions like ours. 

Learn more about this case from the AFSME District Council 31 by clicking here.

As Always, and In Solidarity,

John R. Durso

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