Special Interests Try to Silence Workers

9-22-2017

AFSCME members fought for safer roads and bridges long before the terrible I-35W bridge collapse, and we’ve kept fighting ever since. But wealthy special interests are once again trying to take away workers’ freedom to speak out collectively, create change and save lives.

In Janus v. AFSCME, the anti-worker Liberty Justice Center is suing AFSCME Council 31, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that workers shouldn’t be made to pay union dues. But public workers don’t have to join unions, Council 31 points out. Those who choose not to join only pay for the costs of winning contracts that directly benefit them, not political activities.

The Janus v. AFSCME case is a right-wing assault against working people. Our opponents frame their crusade as a defense of freedom. Don't buy their crap! AFSCME fights for your freedom to build power in numbers, to stand in solidarity and to negotiate a fair return on our work.

That’s the real freedom that the billionaires and big corporations behind Janus are trying to silence. They’re doing everything they can to mute workers' voices and rig the system so they can get even richer.