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    Default A Blow But Not Fatal: 9 Months After Janus, AFSCME Reports 94% Retention

    The labor union in the crosshairs of the right wing-led effort to gut public sector unions through a landmark Supreme Court case released new membership data Wednesday showing a decline that experts say could mark the beginning of larger losses, but is far shy of a fatal blow.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) reported a 6 percent loss last year, down from 1,411,877 members, agency fee payers and retirees in 2017 to 1,329,594 in 2018.

    The numbers offer the first concrete picture of the preliminary fallout from last year’s Janus v. AFSCME decision that eliminated public sector unions’ ability to collect agency fees—also known as “fair share” dues—from workers who do not sign up for full membership in the union but still benefit from its representation.

    Many predicted the case, bankrolled by a network of conservative billionaires and think tanks, could put the nail in the coffin of public sector unions by encouraging workers to opt out of paying dues in favor of becoming “free riders.”
    A Blow But Not Fatal: 9 Months After Janus, AFSCME Reports 94% Retention

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    Default Re: A Blow But Not Fatal: 9 Months After Janus, AFSCME Reports 94% Retention

    Mark Janus Wants His Union Dues Back

    Well, here is the problem. He is not done!! You all really need to read this.
    One Year Later, onetime California governor Pete Wilson introduced the former Illinois child-support specialist as a Superman of the right whose action could bring the red back to blue California.

    It could also bring back the kind of economic winter not seen by American workers since before the New Deal. But the 66-year-old Janus looked more like a gray-haired Clark Kent as he stuck close to a set of talking points, crediting his dad and the Boy Scouts for teaching him to finish what he’d started. Janus was the plaintiff in a landmark anti-union lawsuit brought by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and the Liberty Justice Center, in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided against organized labor
    “We deprived unions of hundreds of millions of dollars from people who didn’t want to participate. It’s an incredible accomplishment. But we had to learn and understand the legal and political landscape in non-right-to-work states,” Messenger told the group. “We’re seeing resistance.”
    “Many people consider California to be front and center in this fight,” Tim Snowball, an attorney with the conservative, Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation, told Capital & Main following the meeting. Snowball, who also spoke at the conference, said that the sheer volume of public employee union members – one-third of unionized public employees in the U.S. live in California – makes the state an attractive target.
    https://www.citywatchla.com/index.ph...nion-dues-back

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    Default Re: A Blow But Not Fatal: 9 Months After Janus, AFSCME Reports 94% Retention

    I believe a very important paragraph should be noted about the story above in post #2.

    The real power of these organizations lies not in the size of their memberships, or in their direct outreach to workers, but in their deep-pocketed libertarian donors like the Koch brothers and the Bradley Foundation, along with a long-term legal strategy to pursue hundreds of lawsuits in hopes one might eventually reach the Supreme Court where, like Janus, it could deal another blow to unions.
    When we hear of the involvement of the Koch brothers, the Bradley foundation and all the other right wing funded pro right to work organizations, then we know that this is nothing more then an outright assault on the working middle class.

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    Default Re: A Blow But Not Fatal: 9 Months After Janus, AFSCME Reports 94% Retention

    We continue to see these names "Koch" and "Bradley" associated with Union busting. Does anyone recognize the political party they belong to? I'll give you a hint, it's one of Dumbo's relatives. Big money is behind these efforts to break Unions.

    As for Janus? IMO, he's a scab. He always was, he always will be. I'd like to see him return all monies and the dollar value of the benefits he received from the Union negotiated contracts he worked under. Every penny. That goes for every other scab that signs on to any lawsuit brought forth in those regards. They want their dues back? We want what they gained back. With interest.


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