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Janus v. AFSCME: A political effort to further rig the rules against working people

A divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on June 27, 2018, in Janus v. AFSCME that further rigs the rules against working people. The 5-4 court majority ruled that public-sector unions like PSEA can no longer collect fair share fees from non-members for the services that unions provide to them.

More about the ruling

This Supreme Court decision is disappointing but not surprising. The underlying case is part of a politically motivated attack intended to silence the voices of working people who speak up through their unions for better schools, adequate public services, and good jobs.

“If the goal of the people who funded this lawsuit is to silence us, I can tell you that it’s not going to happen,” PSEA President Dolores McCracken said. “I am extremely proud of the services PSEA provides its members, and I’m confident that the 180,000 members PSEA represents will continue to see the value in belonging to our Association."

PA needs strong labor unions

Gov. Tom Wolf, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto co-authored an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, making the case that Pennsylvania needs strong labor unions to fight for workers’ rights.

“The bottom line is this. PSEA members know that their union membership is what helps them to get the salaries, benefits, and working conditions that every public school employee deserves. And, together, we’re going to keep doing everything possible to make sure that’s what they get.”

-Rich Askey, PSEA President