In the wake of last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision Janus v. AFSCME, public workers across the country have been signing up to be union members. Members have been working tirelessly on grievances, arbitrations, and negotiations. In November, pro-worker candidates were elected in all levels of government across the country – elected through the get-out-the-vote of the efforts of union member activists. Large scale strikes across the country have made mainstream media headlines. Public union support has reached a 40-year high.
We said last year that no court case was going to take away our union. Nothing has changed. We know that when we stand together, we are stronger together.
Janus v. AFSCME was far from the last attempt anti-worker forces have enacted to try to undermine our union. Anti-worker organizations have been working with former members to file multiple lawsuits against us. They’ve coupled these lawsuits with media outreach and digital advertising, to erode our standing in public and among you, our members. This is part of their strategy (LINK) – filing time-consuming and expensive lawsuits that erode our ability to focus on contract enforcement, collective bargaining, and legislative/political advocacy.
But we know that when Black, White, and Brown workers stand together, we are stronger together. We will not allow transparent efforts to undermine our collective power as working people succeed. We will continue our work: to win fair contracts; to protect our contractual and legal rights as working people and to advocate for the changes we need to protect ourselves, support our families, and provide high quality public and human services to the residents of Pennsylvania.
No anti-worker organization is going to undermine our union. No court case is going to take our union. We are stronger, together.