Strong communities depend on informing ourselves and those around us on the issues that impact our lives and freedoms. That is why I must draw your attention to a matter of paramount importance. A case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association will be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court this winter. An unfavorable outcome would devastate the ability of all workers to exercise their collective voice on the job, resulting in reduced family incomes and unnecessary hardships for our communities.
While the case specifically targets public employee unions, the effects of this decision would be felt across every segment of the labor movement and our communities. Please take a moment right now to share this video with your friends, family, and neighbors, highlighting the potential impact of the Friedrichs case. While we cannot directly influence the court’s decision, we can create a movement of public awareness and encourage workers to stand with their union.
This case is a back-door approach to enact Right to Work (for Less) in the public sector funded by the Koch Brothers and their greedy corporate allies. In a worst case scenario, this case would allow workers to stop paying union dues, even though they will continue to receive the same representation services. This absurd option, allowing workers to get something for nothing, would drain resources from the union, push expenses onto a declining pool of members, and ultimately threaten the union’s solvency, which of course is the not-so-secret plan of the Koch brothers.
The solidarity of our community partners will be essential in our campaign to raise awareness about this case and defend the voice of workers on the job. So please be sure to share this video on Facebook and show your support for the unions that build up our communities and ensure a stable middle class. We also wish you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.