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GRAND RAPIDS November 24, 2015– Almost no one stands up for average Americans these days, and now a Supreme Court case—Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association— threatens to make it even worse.
America’s economy has swung out of balance. It’s getting harder to get by, let alone get ahead. Everyday Americans are working more than ever before. Our work has created record wealth for an economic recovery that’s been everywhere but ordinary peoples’ wallets. Our economic rules unfairly favor corporate CEOs and the rich because they manipulate the rules in their favor.
Now the Supreme Court may be handing a blow to working families.
The case of Friedrichs v CTA has the potential to completely decimate public employee unions nationally by making it illegal to collect “fair share” fees from workers who don’t want to join the union. Public sector unions would still be required to negotiate for and represent all employees, but would be forbidden by federal law from collecting agency fees, opening the door to “free riders” and further weakening the only force fighting for working men and women—their unions.
Corporate CEOS and wealthy special interests who manipulate the economic rules in their favor by trying to make it even harder for working people like us — people like teachers or firefighters – to come together, speak up, and get ahead. This case, which deals with public service workers, is just the latest tactic by the same wealthy special interests who have been attacking working people for decades.
At the December meeting of the KICLC Public Service Caucus, we’ll be discussing this upcoming Supreme Court case, what it means for working men and women in the public sector, and how we can still fight back against such attacks on collective bargaining.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 1 at 6pm at the Kent-Ionia Labor Center, 918 Benjamin NE in Grand Rapids.
The Public Service Caucus is open to any municipal, county, state, federal or school employees regardless of union membership.
Public employees represent a wide array of job titles– from bus drivers and firefighters to professors and carpenters– but they’re all fighting against a wave of politicians and special interests who continue to devalue public service. Working together is the first step toward building stronger public services and more stable employment for public servants. For more info, email info@KICLC.org.
WHAT: KICLC Public Service Caucus
WHEN: Tuesday, December 1 at 6pm
WHERE: Kent-Ionia Labor Council, 918 Benjamin NE in Grand Rapids
INFO: Email info@KICLC.org