I Choose My Union



The rich and powerful are attacking workers rights and our ability to pool our resources together to have the collective power necessary to bargain for better wages, benefits and retirement security.

They are using a Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, to divide and strip working people of any power.

An anti-union decision would be financially disastrous for working families – and communities. Workers may no longer have the collective power and resources necessary to negotiate good contracts, fight for higher wages, defend workers’ rights and protect hard-earned pensions.

The facts are clear, workers in states that have experienced similar attacks have experienced the following,

  • Make $6,109 less per year than their counterparts in collective bargaining states.
  • A 24% cutback to their benefits after the passage of anti-union legislation
  • Since 2010, state workers in Wisconsin have not been allowed to negotiate a salary increase of any more than 2% total for the last seven years
  • Lost the right to negotiate over benefits, retirement and working conditions.

That’s why workers across the state are saying #iChooseMyUnion. They are standing with their colleagues against the attacks on working people and our right to come together and bargain for a better future for all of us. Together we are unstoppable. Tell us why you choose your union using #iChooseMyUnion.

Article By: Yvonne R. WalkerNew York Times Op-Ed

Striking a Blow for the Big Guys

There is no escaping it: The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. One-quarter of American workers make less than $10 per hour, a wage well below the current poverty level. The top 1 percent have an average net worth of $26.4 million, and on top of that, they take home $1.5 million annually. The wealthiest 1 percent own 40 percent of the income of our entire country, and that number is growing.

Article By: The Editorial BoardSacramento Bee

Don’t gut public sector unions, Supreme Court. They’re California’s middle class

Public employee unions are a force in California. They’re why minimum wages here are rising to $15 an hour and why farmworkers get overtime. They got voters to raise taxes to support public schools during the recession and, less happily, negotiated pensions with costs that are sky high.

Public sector unions also have helped keep Democrats in power in blue states and kept organized labor from extinction. For this reason, they are a thorn in the side of ideological conservatives, who blame them for big government.


A bogus free-speech argument at the Supreme Court is union-busting in the name of the 1st Amendment

On Monday the Supreme Court was asked — again — to engage in some union-busting in the name of the 1st Amendment.

Specifically, the justices were asked to rule that public employee unions may not require non-members to pay a fee to defray the cost of collective bargaining and other services from which they benefit. Ominously, several justices indicated in their comments at oral argument that they’re willing to do just that, overruling a 41-year-old precedent.


Workers rally as Supreme Court weighs union dues

Nearly 100 teachers, nurses, transit workers and politicians rallied at San Francisco City Hall Monday in response to a U.S. Supreme Court case that could decrease funding and participation in unions.

The court heard arguments today in the case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council (AFSCME), in which the plaintiffs argue that non-union workers should not have to pay “fair-share” union fees. The U.S. Supreme Court set that precedent 40 years ago.

Article By: LONNIE WONG Fox 40

Public Employee Unions Rally Together as High Court Hears Union Fee Case

Public employee unions rallied around the country as arguments were made before the United States Supreme Court regarding whether workers who disagree with unions’ political activities must be forced to pay union dues called agency fees.

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Article By Matthew GodinezTelemundo

Sindicato SEIU Se Manifiesta

El tribunal supremo escuchó hoy la postura de un grupo de manifestantes de un controversial caso que podría asestar un duro golpe financiero a los sindicatos del sector público. Matthew Godinez tiene los detalles en Telemundo​.

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Article By: TYLER HERSKOVentura County Star

Union members rally in Ventura against Supreme Court case

Dozens of union members rallied at the Ventura County Medical Center Monday in response to the Janus v. AFSCME case being heard by the Supreme Court.

The case, which centers on whether government workers can be forced to pay fees to support union activities whether they are in a union or not, could deal a significant blow to organized labor efforts by cutting off a major source of unions’ revenue. 


UC Irvine Union Coalition Rallies Against Janus Supreme Court Case

What do public sector unions in Orange County turn to when facing an existential threat at the Supreme Court of the United States? People held signs spelling out “solidarity” in answering the question during an urgent noontime rally yesterday at UC Irvine. A new six-member coalition of campus unions banded together to sound the alarm on Janus v.

Article By: ELIZABETH WARREN and STEVEN A. TOLMAN The Boston Globe

America Needs Unions

When he was gunned down by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in Memphis. His last political act was to support sanitation workers as they fought for economic security and dignity on the job. Dr. King understood that the struggle for equality and justice is not limited to civil rights. It also includes economic justice. So, as he led the great struggle for civil rights, he also fought for labor rights.

Article By MATT BOONE ABC 10 News

San Diego union workers rally ahead of Supreme Court case

Supporters of labor unions rallied across the country on Saturday ahead of a Supreme Court case that could effect how unions collect agency fees.

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Article AirTalk89.3 KPCC

The upcoming Supreme Court case that could have major implications for the future of public sector unions

Next week, the nine justices on the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a case that could change the relationship between public sector unions and the workers they represent in more than 20 states, including California.

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