No one was surprised when the Janus decision from the
U.S. Supreme Court came down over the summer. In the months since
then, however, locals across California have defied predictions
of a mass exodus of dues-paying members. In fact, after two years
of recruiting new employees and convincing agency fee payers to
join, union ranks are growing.
This morning in a 5-4 ruling the U.S. Supreme Court decided in
favor of Mark Janus in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case. The
ruling overturns decades of precedent and eliminates the ability
of public sector unions to collect fair share, or agency
For years, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court
threatened to clip unions’ wings if the right case came before
Classified AFT locals across California have been preparing for
the decision in Janus v. AFSCMEby asking agency fee payers
to become full members, and recruiting at new employee
orientations. The membership drives have meant an influx of new
enthusiasm and a renewed sense of union pride.
The Riverside County community of Menifee is on the upswing. More
than 1,000 new homes are under construction, new businesses are
opening their doors, and new families are moving in. The Menifee
Union School District sees increased enrollment on the horizon.
The Menifee Council of Classified Employees is also expanding. In
fact, the CFT recently honored the local for placing second in
two categories recognizing member growth: most new members (151)
and highest rate of growth (42 percent).
We learned in the final days of September that the U.S. Supreme
Court will take up another union fair share case. With the
court’s ruling coming early next year, it feels like we are on a
ship with an iceberg rapidly approaching. Fortunately, as we
prepare for an unfavorable decision in the Janus v.
AFSCME case, we had already prepared for the
similar Friedrichs v. California Teachers