Unions are required by law to represent and negotiate on behalf of all workers in a bargaining unit, regardless of whether the individuals are dues-paying members. In states with fair share fees, like Pennsylvania, public employees who benefit from collective bargaining agreements, union-negotiated benefits, and retirement and receive union representation in the disciplinary process, pay a fee for that representation and administration. No one is ever forced to join a union, and no one is ever forced to support the political activities of the union.
This case is an attack on working people orchestrated by union-busting corporations and the extreme right-wing. If decided in favor of the corporate special interests, the result would prevent public-sector unions from collecting fair share fees from workers they represent who choose not to join the union, which in turn makes it more difficult for working people to negotiate better wages and benefits, and the kind of working conditions that set standards for everyone.
Economic inequality is plaguing communities across the Commonwealth and the country. Evidence shows that unions raise wages and working standards for all working people. By attacking organized workers, all workers suffer.
The Janus Case, along with other union-busting efforts, is about stifling workers’ voices and rigging the economy in favor of the wealthy. Unions are the best way to unrig the system and fight for economic justice.