We're "building a more vibrant union" after Janus

A MESSAGE FROM COUNCIL 36 INTERIM DIRECTOR TRIS CARPENTER:

AFSCME Sisters and Brothers --

As you may have heard, the U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a blow to working people in the much anticipated landmark case, Janus v. AFSCME District Council 31. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned 40 years of legal precedent in an effort to crush organized labor, the only way to protect ourselves is to stand together like never before. No public employee can take his or her union rights and freedoms for granted. If AFSCME’s history tells us anything, it’s that the strength of working people standing together beats our enemies and their money, hands down.

There is no match for the collective power of union members asserting their rights and freedoms at the bargaining table! But our enemies, disguised as “free speech” advocates, are already taking the next step, campaigning to convince AFSCME members to drop the union. If that happens, we can expect to have a much harder time winning fair wages, safe working conditions, affordable health care and retirement security at the bargaining table. So, if anybody attempts to sweet-talk you into dropping your membership, assert your pride and reply that you are sticking to the union.

Even more importantly, verify your union status as soon as possible. If you are not sure whether you have a current AFSCME membership card on file, you may download the membership form at afscme36.org, by clicking on "JOIN AFSCME", complete it and send it to: SKoffroth@afscme36.org. If you prefer to call first to check on your membership status, dial 213 487-9887 ext 303.

Today is a difficult day for working people everywhere, and especially for AFSCME. Nonetheless, there is an immediate opportunity to return to our roots and build a stronger, more vibrant union. We urge you to show your union pride as an immediate response to Janus by sending us a photo (selfies are fine) holding up handmade signs with hashtag, #UNION. Email your best shots to our Communications Office, at: Erica@afscme36.org. We will share your submissions on our website and social media, alongside hundreds of thousands of other union members nationwide.

AFSCME will never quit! We will never quit fighting for our rights, for our health and safety on the job, for pay equity and nondiscrimination policies. No matter what differences we may have, we will continue to look out for each other. With your support, we will only grow stronger.

In solidarity,

Tris Carpenter

Interim Executive Director AFSCME District Council 36