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Janus Decision

June 28, 2018
 
Dear MOSES Member:
 
           Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, a major case concerning public employee unions. Unfortunately, the court’s ruling reverses forty years of precedent and has determined that existing “agency fee” provisions are not in compliance with the law. Non-union members can no longer be required to pay their fair share. In other words, we are now a “right to work” state. Some states, like Wisconsin, have already gone down this road, and the results for public employees have been disastrous in the form of lower wages, fewer bargaining rights and decreased union membership. Contrary to what the so-called right to work groups claim, the purpose of Janus is not to empower the free speech rights of individual workers, but to weaken and—in their own words— “defund and defang” public employee unions. Don’t fall for it!
 
We know the truth. When we stick together, we win. We saw this most recently when we effectively pushed back and reversed the Group Insurance Commission’s unilateral decision to eliminate the largest and most popular health insurance carriers from our plans. From bargaining for our members’ wages and benefits to safeguarding seniority to enforcing our contracts—when state unions band together, we make change happen. Together we are strong, but divided we will fail.
           
In the days and months to come, we expect increased activity from national right to work groups in states where union membership is strong, like Massachusetts. These groups are chaired by wealthy donors, legislators and CEOs, and they are pouring tens of millions of dollars into weakening our collective power. It is critical that MOSES members and our fellow public employees understand their actual agenda. Unfunded labor organizations cannot effectively improve wages and benefits for their members or effectively oppose anti-worker legislation or organize to defeat harmful government initiatives.
 
Thank you for your collective efforts to keep MOSES strong. Your membership is valuable, and we are grateful for what it has allowed MOSES to achieve on your behalf. Without collective movement, collective gain becomes collective defeat.
We will continue to distribute information about these changes as they unfold. In the meantime, please feel free to call us with any questions. Thank you again!

 
In solidarity,
 
Joe Dorant
MOSES President
 
Patrick Russell
MOSES Vice President 
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