James Thomas

Janus v AFSCME

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The Supreme Court today announced its decision in Janus v. AFSCME a landmark case in which the Court ruled that public sector unions cannot charge fees in lieu of dues to employees who choose not to be union members. Historically, unions charge “agency fees” to those who work for an organization whose workers have elected a union but who are not themselves members. The Supreme Court ruled that, “Forcing free and independent individuals to endorse ideas they find objectionable raises serious First Amendment concerns.” One wonders then if “free and independent” Americans might refrain from paying taxes on the grounds that the find some administration policies objectionable.

This is, in fact, just another effort to marginalize unions. Predictably, the vote was 5-4 along ideological lines.

Unions have played an essential role in income equality and the erosion of working class wages as union membership has fallen is both dramatic and predictable.

My opponent has a 25% lifetime rating by the AFL-CIO, a dismal record that is utterly consistent with Republican goals and values. Vote to protect unions whether you’re a member or not. Unions help set standards for pay, benefits, and workplace safety. Vote for your interests! Vote for James Thomas! And friends, help me fight on your behalf. Please contribute to my campaign today.

For State Representative, 35th District Position 1
Janus v AFSCME