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Why Everyone Should Pay Their “Fair Share” Fees

At its May 1 conference, the Supreme Court is expected to consider taking up an appeal on the constitutionality of public union "fair share" fees.

The collection of fair share fees by public sector unions was unanimously allowed in the 1977 ruling of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. A new case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., is the latest assault on the middle class, and may revisit the Abood ruling. Ultimately, the goal of this case is to silence the voices of workers seeking fairness on the job.

Confused? No problem. AFSCME has released this video that simply explains what fair share fees really mean.

More than 1,000 protesters marched in Los Angeles for “The Fight for $15” on 4-15-15, joining tens of thousands of people in 200 cities across the nation to rally for a living wage. These low wage workers are constantly struggling to get by despite working for thriving corporations that rake in billions of dollars in profits.

AFSCME encourages all of our members to get active in supporting candidates who fight for working families, public services and our communities.  Click here for full story! 

It is a case in which, apparently, management never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. In the spring of 2009, forty-seven AFSCME members in Local 3112 filed a group grievance after seeing their negotiated contract shredded by the Anaheim Union High School District. Many of the union members had never signed a grievance before, or even considered it, but proved to be quick learners and asserted themselves effectively.

Ever heard of fast track? Don't feel bad if you haven't; big companies are counting on you not knowing about it, and keeping it that way.

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