PSEA is a community of education professionals who make a difference in the lives of students every day.
Phoenixville EA member John Odell is in his second successful career after 24 years with the Army.
Pennsylvania’s public schools should be the safest and healthiest places for students to learn and grow. To make sure they are, we need the most qualified teachers, teaching assistants, school nurses, counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
PSEA is committed to making changes aimed at protecting everyone who works and learns in our schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon be ruling on a case that holds enormous implications for PSEA and all public sector unions.
The issue at stake in Janus v. AFSCME is whether public sector unions can continue to charge non-members “fair share fees’’ for the representation and benefits they receive under collective bargaining agreements. The fees are lower than members’ dues.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1977 that since unions must provide representation to non-members in a bargaining unit, it is fair to charge fees to cover that representation.
However, the court agreed to hear a case brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus who says he does not want to pay a fair share “representation’’ fee to the union. Janus disagrees with AFSCME’s legislative positions but does not acknowledge that the representation fee excludes any costs for lobbying and reflects only costs related to collective bargaining.
His case is the latest attack on organized labor by well-heeled, anti-union forces.
“This is a blatant, full frontal assault on the hard-earned collective bargaining rights of working families,’’ said PSEA President Dolores McCracken. “There is a large and well-financed anti-union faction that has anti-union political agendas.
“But we will not back down, and one of our best defenses is to tell the story of what PSEA does for its members.’’
The court heard oral arguments on Feb. 26 and will render a decision by the end of June.