I’ve been traveling around the country this year meeting with workers, organizations, and the media to raise awareness of the rights the Supreme Court restored to government workers last June.
And it has become clearer that the government unions’ (abetted by politicians) refusal to acknowledge government employees’ “Janus rights” isn’t the only major challenge workers face. Government workers across the country are not being informed they now have a voice and a choice when it comes to union membership.
To help get the word out, we’ve put together a brief summary of government workers’ “Janus rights” and we’d love your help passing it along to the folks who should be aware.
In a nutshell, here is what every teacher, police officer, public servant, and any other employee of the government should know:
If you work in the government, you have the right to join – or not join – a union.
Your employer should inform you of your union membership options.
The government must get your permission to deduct union dues or fees from your paycheck.
If you are not a union member, you do not have to pay anything to the union at your workplace.
Employer-provided benefits are not tied to your union membership status.
I’m not anti-union. I believe if someone wants to join, stay in, or leave their government union, they should be free to make that choice. No one should attempt to coerce them into a decision or obstruct their ability to know about and exercise their constitutional right to determine union membership for themselves.