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News Alert

On February 26th, Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, an attack by wealthy, anti-union organizations on the voice of working people and their ability to negotiate collectively.

At issue in Janus is whether non-union members, who share in the wages, benefits, and protections that have been negotiated into a collectively bargained contract, may be required to pay their fair share for the cost.

Learn more about the Janus case and the amicus brief we filed.

The oral argument went largely as expected. Many of the justices sharply questioned the attorneys. Justices Sotomayor, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Kagan generally asked questions and advanced arguments that were supportive of the constitutionality of fair-share fees, pointing to their benefits and to the fact that unions and others had relied on the prior decisions of the Court. Justices Kennedy, Alito, and Roberts took the opposite approach. Justice Kennedy seemed particularly hostile, asserting that unions compel nonmembers to subsidize their political speech.

Because none of the justices appeared to depart from their expected position, the oral argument reinforced the view that the Court will rule against us.

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Uniting Faculty

Current legal threats to union rights are part of a broad effort to weaken workplace protections. Because unions are effective at giving workers power, they are opposed by corporate interests and increasingly corporatized university administrations. For decades, anti-union campaigns have suppressed the freedom to form unions and bargain collectively in the private sector. At the same time, we have seen an increase in top-down decision making at universities, with administrators seeking to circumvent faculty control over the curriculum and related matters. More recently, public-sector union rights are being challenged through state legislation and court cases.

Americans value our freedom to join together and to create change. Unions, AAUP chapters, and faculty senates are crucial vehicles for democracy in the academic workplace. That’s why we help organize and protect the faculty voice.

Protect Your Voice on Campus

Attacks on academics who are working together in unions, faculty governance, or other groups to exercise a voice on their campus are concerted and widespread. Protect your right to be heard in the workplace--sign up and get an action packet now.

Included in the packet is the executive summary of the report Protecting an Independent Faculty Voice: Academic Freedom after Garcetti v. Ceballos, a news update about the Supreme court case Janus v. AFSCME, the AAUP's Statement on Collective Bargaining, and information about unionism and graduate employees.

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