As members of SEIU, we know that when we FIGHT, we WIN! Together We Rise is SEIU 668’s offensive strategy to prepare for attacks on public sector union rights that are coming from many directions. The most immediate threat on the horizon is the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME. A bad decision could result in a national right-to-work environment for public sector workers.
What does “Right-to-Work” mean and what is at stake?
“Right to work” laws are deliberately designed to weaken unions by allowing non-members to enjoy the benefits of union representation while “free riding” on the backs of dues paying members, because unions must, by law, represent members and non-members equally. The union difference is about protecting our pocket books and the future of our families. Unions are the best tool we have for better wages, working conditions, and protection against subcontracting.
How will Janus v. AFSCME affect my job and our union?
Unions have a legal duty to represent members and non-members alike. Since all union-represented workers benefit from the gains you make at the bargaining table, non-members can be required to pay their “fair share” to cover the cost of representing them. The cost of representing “free riders” weakens unions by draining their treasury and resources. Without the resources to stand up against attacks from the boss, unions lose power and workers lose out.
Workers might get away without paying union dues now, but in the long run it will weaken our bargaining power and drive down standards for everyone—including you. We have to take steps now to keep our membership strong, or we could end up losing everything we have worked for.
What is Together We Rise?
Together We Rise is SEIU 668’s offensive strategy to prepare for attacks on public sector union rights that are coming from many directions. The opposition has long had a goal of turning back over 100 years of union achievements and making every workplace in America “Right-to-Work.” The first step in fighting back is having conversations with all of our co-workers and asking them to recommit to our union by signing a new membership card.
Learn more about the latest attack on working families here. Listen and share: PBPC Podcast on Janus v. AFSCME Featuring SEIU Local 668 Members and Staff
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