Posts tagged opt-out

    Opinion: Connecticut teachers have choices; unions would do well to respect them

    August 16, 2022 // CEA leaders disparaged those who would suggest leaving the union. In emails this spring, they scolded teachers for even thinking of attending our online sessions. And of late, the CEA has resorted to having its lawyers make phone calls to teachers who’ve mailed in escape letters. Ironically, for some teachers this is the most attention the union has ever paid to them.

    Episode 58: Unions have Forgotten why They were Originally Created

    July 13, 2022 // As unionization in the private sector continues to decline, many labor activists are getting ever-more desperate to force workers into union representation. From the federal “PRO Act” in the private sector to state-level “opt-out” periods for public sector workers, unions are increasingly trying to make it more difficult for workers who don’t want union representation to say “no” to membership.

    How a Liberal State Defies the First Amendment

    July 12, 2022 // Frank Ricci — a retired firefighter and former president of the New Haven Firefighters Local 825, and now the Yankee Institute’s Fellow of Labor & Special Initiatives — says that opt-out windows “equate to a dues grab where the union picks the pockets of their workers who are trying to leave.” Besides the money, it’s about power: The “small print of membership cards,” Ricci says, “are designed to trap the worker into membership.” The tactics result in “defying the Janus decision and increasing the union’s political power.” Michael Costanza, Constitution State Educators, Christina Corvello,

    Janus at 4: Landmark Labor Ruling Helped but Still Needs to be Enforced More Aggressively

    July 7, 2022 // Rather than simply complying with the unambiguous wording and intent laid out in Janus, unions like AFSCME, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Brotherhood of Teamsters, the National Education Association (NEA), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) responded to the ruling by doubling down on their bullying tactics.

    National View: Union members doing the math, withdrawing dues

    July 6, 2022 // As more and more teachers learn they have a right not to fund labor leaders’ lavish lifestyles and a political agenda they may not agree with — especially when gas and groceries have become increasingly expensive — they begin doing the math on how stopping union dues deductions can alleviate some of their financial burdens. The problem is that most teachers are not even aware of their rights under Janus, and that’s because the teachers union officials do not want them to be educated about their options. Washington Post, Charles Lane, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, Denise Specht, Bernadette Burnham, Rodney Rowe

    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.

    Opinion: States should protect caregivers’ Medicaid funds from union skims

    June 27, 2022 // Yet, while a number of states including Michigan have taken action to prohibit the dues skim, a May rule by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reversed a Trump administration effort to stop the skim nationally. A separate 9th Circuit decision last week also continues to allow unions to trap home care providers into paying them. Robert and Patricia Haynes, cerebral palsy, Gov. Rick Snyder, Harris v. Quinn, Cindy Ochoa, most pro-union president ever,

    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

    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,