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Janus Case

 

What is Janus v. AFSCME?

Janus is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by corporate CEOs, the wealthiest 1% and the politicians that do their bidding to rig the economy in their favor. The forces behind this case are the same forces that have pushed for limiting voting rights, attacked immigrants, and undermined civil rights protections.


Who is behind this case?

The National Right to Work Foundation is backing the case. The group is part of a network of extremists funded by corporate CEOs to use the U.S. legal system to rig the rules against everyday working people. Their goal with Janus (as it was in Friedrichs v. CTA) is no secret: they want to use the Supreme Court to take away the freedom of working people to join in strong unions, because unions give workers a powerful voice in speaking up for themselves, their families and their communities. Unions have played a critical role in building and protecting the middle class in America. They provide hard working people economic stability for their families and give them the tools to build a good life, home and education for themselves and their children.




What are people saying?

  • An article in The Guardian highlights how this case is part of a blatant multi-million-dollar campaign to “defund and defang” and weaken unions because they know that strong unions are the best vehicle working people have to level the economic playing field for all Americans.
  • And these stories from Capital and Main's Judging Janus series looks at the right wing money behind the case and what happened in Wisconsin as Scott Walker gutted public-sector union rights.

Efforts to privatize public education are not new.



School Vouchers 101: https://tinyurl.com/y8vuunef


Koch Money in School Board Elections



Koch Brothers attempts to influence Higher Education: http://time.com/4148838/koch-brothers-colleges-universities/

Koch Donations: https://tinyurl.com/y8s23qw4

Conservative Transparency: http://conservativetransparency.org/


Information from the SJTA Handout on Janus Case

Supreme Court blog
Amicus Briefs: https://tinyurl.com/ydxojdh9

Impact of Act 10 in Wisconsin
MEA: https://meamatters.com/teaching-without-a-union/
Center for American Progress: https://tinyurl.com/y73b4elb
The Atlantic: https://tinyurl.com/jyjdh3v

Anti-Union Efforts
Right to work states lower wages: https://tinyurl.com/yc5vrcqm

How to kill the middle class (The Atlantic): https://tinyurl.com/jyjdh3v


Decline of Unions is a Middle Class problem (Forbes): https://tinyurl.com/yd54xlws

Want a raise? Join a union. CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/24/news/economy/union-wages/index.html

5 highest and lowest paying states for (high school) teachers: https://tinyurl.com/yaf5ppov