The AAUP has filed an amicus brief in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA) in a case that wealthy, anti-union organizations are using to try to deal a “mortal blow” to unions.
The case Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 is the latest legal threat to union rights and is part of a broad effort to weaken the power of working people, to undermine public services, and to erode the common good.
Together with our chapters and allies, the AAUP is continuing to organize to defend higher education as a public good. The brief we filed argues that fair share fees in public-sector unions are an equitable way to distribute the costs of collective bargaining among all who benefit.
Evidence shows that maintaining a robust collective negotiations system advances the public’s interest in providing high-quality public services. Studies included in the amicus brief clearly show that unionization in public schools and universities is linked to improved quality of education and of working relationships within educational institutions.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case on February 26, 2018. A decision is expected by the time the Court’s term ends in late June 2018.
On February 26, the day of oral arguments, solidarity actions will take place across the country. We will be at the Supreme Court, and members across the country will take part in activities. Public employees and supporters of public services and higher education from coast to coast will join hands in solidarity actions against the attacks on working people.
Risa Lieberwitz, General Counsel
Aaron Nisenson, Senior Staff Counsel