A Dark Corporate Web

From the AFL-CIO

Corporate CEOs and the wealthy elite hope a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, will bleed America’s labor unions of precious resources that help fight for working people.

A bad decision that limits or eliminates fair share fees will further stack the deck in favor of the wealthy few, but America’s working people aren’t waiting on any politician or judge to decide our fate. We’re building a movement to write new economic rules to create broadly shared prosperity.

The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, which is part of a multipronged attack on the freedoms of working people by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a front group funded by corporate billionaires.

On paper, the case was brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, against his union, which empowers him and his co-workers to negotiate for higher wages and better benefits and is legally required to represent him if he is mistreated by his employer.

But in reality, Janus has been driven entirely by a dark web of corporations and wealthy donors who want to destroy unions and silence working people.

IIn anticipation of a ruling from the Supreme Court that undermines working people, the billionaire Koch brothers and the owners of Walmart have dumped at least $80 million into an outreach plan to persuade teachers and other public union members to stop paying fair share fees. t’s a cynical, targeted and sophisticated campaign.

America’s working people are on the rise, and the Supreme Court can’t stop us. We will continue to build power to win a new set of economic rules so all of us can get ahead.

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Union Matters

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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