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Recent SCOTUS anti-union action

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The recent decision in US Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME will not only greatly weaken and depopulate all public sector unions, including teachers’ unions, but will have the counter-intuitive effect of increasing strikes because of less effective collective bargaining power. To put it bluntly, the Supreme Court decision is union busting pure and simple; it is an attempt to starve unions of fees for services. As a retired SF City College instructor, I can thank AFT2121, our public sector local, for my generous health and dental benefits, and for my retirement benefits, that allow me to sit at my desk and write. If you work in the private sector and enjoy good benefits, please don’t take them for granted. Often businesses matched union benefits to discourage union organizing. And, of course, public sector is a dirty word for Trump. So if he’s for this decision, we must fight it.

 

Alice Rosenthal