Posts tagged Janus

    With allegations of hypocrisy, State House staffer union ups pressure on Senate President Spilka

    July 1, 2022 // “The Senate has a once-in-a-generation moment to create a sustainable workplace legacy for State House staffers,” Wilson added. “We are asking the Senate President: Join us this [legislative] session,with the best interest of the Senate and the commonwealth in mind. Bargain with us. Move forward in partnership with us.” Mike Monahan, Tara Wilson, Mark Martinez, Beacon BLOC, anti-racist cultural shift, Ravi Simon,

    Public employee First Amendment rights shouldn’t be a secret

    June 28, 2022 // Unions could earn the allegiance of public workers, giving those who want nothing to do with them a reason to keep giving them money. They could stop pursuing political agendas. In other words, they can become responsive to their members and make themselves attractive to potential members so that they earn voluntary membership — something every other private organization (and these unions are private organizations) must do. Constance Cooke, Office of Financial Management, paid leave law, overtime, rest and meal breaks

    Union Station: Public-sector labor policy litigation four years post-Janus

    June 27, 2022 // We are currently tracking 144 pieces of legislation dealing with public-sector employee union policy. On the map below, a darker shade of green indicates a greater number of relevant bills. Click here for a complete list of all the bills we’re tracking.

    LAWSUIT ALLEGES UNION DENYING ‘FAIR REPRESENTATION’ TO NONMEMBERS

    June 23, 2022 // Oregon state law requires unions to offer “fair representation” to every member of the bargaining unit — even nonmembers — in return for being designated as the workplace’s exclusive provider of union services. U.S. District Court in Eugene, also names Oregon Department of Administrative Services Director Katy Corba

    Op-ed: Hunter Tower: In Pennsylvania, Janus is more relevant than ever

    June 21, 2022 // Government employee unions responded to Janus by adopting a variety of still-being-litigated defensive strategies, including: only processing opt-out requests during a two-week annual window; challenging each request in court, forcing individual workers to battle the union’s well-financed legal team; subjecting union defectors to workplace harassment; and, when all else fails, forging the worker’s signature on membership documents. HB-2042, Charles Lane

    LA Superior Court court reporter accuses union of forging her signature on membership card

    June 13, 2022 // “My first reaction was this must be some kind of clerical error,” said Kirsti Parde. “I sent two different demand letters explaining this isn’t correct and asking to see my original signature but they ignored both letters.” Scaling back included withdrawing her membership from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 721 so that Parde could save the $175 a month she had been paying for 24 years. Santa Clarita, court reporter, Los Angeles Superior Court, Kirsti Parde, SEIU 721, Central District of California federal court, Shella Alcabes,

    Lawsuit alleges New Haven union violated school cafeteria cook’s right to stop paying dues

    June 8, 2022 // A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that UNITE HERE union officials in New Haven did not allow a New Haven Board of Education (BOE) employee to resign her union membership in accordance with the 2018 Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which said public sector employees could not be required to pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. Marc E. Fitch, Connecticut Inside Investigator, Opt Out Window, Senate Bill 908, Danielle Susanj,

    AFSCME SETTLES SUIT, AGREES TO STOP SEIZING NONMEMBERS’ VACATION HOURS

    June 8, 2022 // Likely sensing imminent defeat, leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Ohio Council 8 have instructed their attorneys to settle a lawsuit filed earlier this year accusing the city of Cincinnati and union of stealing vacation time from Cincinnati public employees. Margaret Lascano, medical assistant,

    Workers shouldn’t be forced to fund union politics

    June 2, 2022 // Without worker protections in Janus or right-to-work legislation, private-sector employees in Washington can be legally obligated to pay any union dues or fees. The Beck decision at least attempts to protect workers from financing politics with which they disagree. It will be interesting to see the court’s response to Zueger.

    Opinion: Lifting the Rock on Labor Union Corruption

    May 28, 2022 // Here’s how the scheme works: A public employee has money taken out of his or her paycheck and sent to a union representing their bargaining unit. The union, in turn, uses the money not only for collective bargaining activities, but also to fund radical political causes across California. When the employee finds out about it and objects, the union gives them the silent treatment or tells them to get lost