Sisters & brothers, the Supreme Court has issued its ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, and the result is exactly what we expected: the Court held that unions can no longer collect fair-share fees from public-sector workers we represent if they choose not to join the union.
While we continue to explore legislative options to help protect the union, “right-to-work” is now the law of the land for public-sector unions across this country.
So, what’s next? We’re going to keep fighting for better public transit in Oregon and southern Washington. We’re going to continue organizing to improve wages and working conditions for every transit worker in every workplace we represent. No court decision is going to stop us because the work we do to build worker power is too important.
We must stick together. And “we” means ALL OF US. Not just your elected leaders. Not just your union staff. Not just your shop stewards. Not just the folks who come out to union meetings every month. No, each and every one of us is going to have to step up in a major way. Union organizing has never been a spectator sport, and that’s even more true in a post-Janus world.
We’ll have more information to come about how we’ll be adapting our work for this new context. Until then, talk to your coworkers about the union. Stand together with working folks across Oregon and southern Washington. And let’s all recommit ourselves to the union and the hard work to come.