It is no accident that more and more Americans are struggling to get ahead and provide economic stability for their families. For too long, corporate special interests and politicians who do their bidding have rigged the economy against working people to favor the wealthy and powerful.
Now those same special interests have brought a court case looks to divide and limit unions members’ collective bargaining power. Janus v AFSCME, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, threatens working people’s rights and freedom to join together in strong unions. It is part of a multi-year, multi-million effort to rig the economy in their benefit—at the expense of the middle class and our communities.
In Oregon, union workers in Oregon remain more committed than ever to building an economy where working people have a pathway to prosperity. The case targets public-sector workers represented by many unions. Read our press release, written in coalition with other labor unions, on our united front to protect working people across Oregon.
When unions are strong, our communities are strong. They provide a path to the middle class and economic security, especially for women and people of color. Unions have helped build great public schools for students. Collective bargaining ensures educators can advocate for small class sizes, guaranteed recess, modern textbooks, and the technology that students need to succeed.
Here's what you can do.
- Pledge your support. Stand up to the forces behind the Janus case that are trying to take away the freedom for people to come together to form strong unions. Pledge your support for unions like the National Education Association.
- Share your story. Let us know how unions have helped your school or school district.
- Share the facts. Two new stories published in the New York Times and the Guardian reveal that the Janus v. AFSCME case is part of "a 20-year campaign by rightwing billionaire donors to undermine trade unions."
- Keep updated. NEA has developed a Janus v. AFSCME resource hub for members, with actions, upcoming events and breaking news on the Janus case.