On June 27, the storm clouds were gathering. The Janus
v. ASFCME decision had just come down from the U.S. Supreme
Court in a 5-4 ruling, overturning 40 years of legal precedent
and marking the abrupt end of union fair share, or agency fee,
for public employees.
Now non-union members who benefit from the hard work of unions
who still represent them at the bargaining table would no longer
be required to pay their fair share.
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
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).
Before the election our focus was on leadership development,”
says Mia McIver, vice president for organizing for the University
Council-AFT, “and the election brought us a sense of new
urgency.” Strong leaders will provide the underpinning for the
campaigns the union will undertake as it faces the Trump
administration and a predictable tsunami of anti-union and
Why does anyone join the union? …because someone asks them
Member organizers from local unions throughout the state joined
forces at Palomar College to meet one-on-one with part-time
faculty agency fee payers who had not yet signed their union
cards — and asked them to join the union.