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Connecticut unions brace for Supreme Court decision with protests, membership changes
Yankee Institute ^ | Jun 13, 2018 | Marc E. Fitch

Posted on 06/13/2018 10:46:53 PM PDT by george76

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFCSME case expected any day, Connecticut’s public sector unions are trying to convince members not to opt-out of membership if the Supreme Court decides in favor of Mark Janus.

The Connecticut State Employees Association and the American Federation of Teachers informed their members of a Freedom of Information request for union members’ contact information that originated out of Illinois.

Leaders say this information could be used for an opt-out campaign in the wake of a positive Janus decision.

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A decision in favor of Janus would essentially make Connecticut a right-to-work state for public sector employees, allowing government workers to opt out without paying any fees to unions. The decision would not affect unions in the private sector.

A similar case brought by California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs in 2016 tied 4-4 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia left the Court evenly divided. With the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, many believe the court may rule in Janus' favor.

While a positive Janus decision would only affect public employees, the public sector is the largest bastion of union power in the United States, and leaders worry a significant number of members will opt out if they no longer have to pay agency fees.

Leaders have cause to be concerned. A 2016 survey of union members across 27 states by the Nevada Policy Research Institute and the Association of American Educators showed nearly one-third would opt out of union membership.

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some Connecticut unions are working behind the scenes to limit members’ ability to opt out.

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unions like AFSCME and AFT-CT have established strict windows of time when a member can opt out

(Excerpt) Read more at yankeeinstitute.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Connecticut; US: District of Columbia; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: afcsme; aft; connecticut; governmentunions; publicunions; supremecourt; teachers; teachersunion; teachersunions; teacherunion; teacherunions; unions
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1 posted on 06/13/2018 10:46:53 PM PDT by george76
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“some Connecticut unions are working behind the scenes to limit members’ ability to opt out. “

Not unlike a criminal street gang.


2 posted on 06/13/2018 10:50:32 PM PDT by JPJones (More tariffs, less income tax.)
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Public sector unions have no business being in existence, period.


3 posted on 06/13/2018 10:56:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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FDR said the same thing. The rank! and file want it all and the azzwpes for the people don’t care. They just raise taxes.


4 posted on 06/13/2018 11:03:12 PM PDT by Equine1952 (Get yourself a ticket on a common mans train of thought.)
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This is horrible! Without extorted fees from high paid gov workers, how will they fund the Democrat Party???

After 11 years as a right-to-work State, lass than 7% of Indianapolis Public Schools teachers pay union dues, and the Democrat party has all but ceased to exist outside of Chicagoland and Indianapolis.


5 posted on 06/13/2018 11:04:17 PM PDT by tcrlaf (They told me it could never happen in America. And then it did....)
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To: george76

It would be nice to see Fed employee unions bled out.


6 posted on 06/13/2018 11:06:44 PM PDT by lurk
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To: JPJones

Precisely


7 posted on 06/13/2018 11:17:13 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: george76

Public employee unions should be illegal.


8 posted on 06/13/2018 11:18:36 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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Public sector unions should be disbanded. Union membership in private sector should be voluntary. Entirely.


9 posted on 06/13/2018 11:21:48 PM PDT by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!)
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Public sector labor unions are THE backbone of the Democratic Party. For all the talk of the NRA and other such groups, the campaign contributions of public sector labor unions to Democrats absolutely dwarf those of any other special interest groups to either party.

If they were given the choice, I think most would choose not to pay those union dues - at the very least, a large percentage of them would. This would be a devastating blow to the Democrats.


10 posted on 06/13/2018 11:23:53 PM PDT by FLT-bird (..)
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To: Equine1952

You are right. The reason taxes are so high, and getting higher is public unions. Public unions always push for more spending. Even if taxes are lowered, they push to raise public spending. Its pro-teacher, or pro firemen, or pro-police, or pro-military. We are always hearing about pay raises for public servants. But we never hear about the low retirement rate or the very high pensions. Spending and debt always go to the high pensions and low work hours.


11 posted on 06/13/2018 11:42:00 PM PDT by poinq
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Only decision this week was Ohio voter list ruling in Monday.
Do have to wait until next Monday , or 25th for final decisions?
I remember past June’s with decisions released other days of week... and more than 1 in a day.


12 posted on 06/14/2018 12:28:20 AM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is on twitter @SarahMGellar)
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Could be a decision today.
https://www.supremecourt.gov
Order list on Monday.

Sorry, appears there were decisions on Monday 11th , or were they orders?


13 posted on 06/14/2018 12:34:42 AM PDT by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is on twitter @SarahMGellar)
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I do not understand the idea that 4 of the justices (I know they are liberal) still find something in the constitution that allows a private company (the union) to dock (dues) your federal pay. Even if you do not want to be a part of the union.

There is absolutely no sense to what they are saying and how they are doing it. How do they sleep at night knowing they are twisting the law in this way? How do they mentally square that circle?


14 posted on 06/14/2018 1:13:14 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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The SC gave notice that 2 decisions coming today. God Bless Donald Trump, who gave us Gorsuch. And he's young 😀
15 posted on 06/14/2018 3:04:19 AM PDT by Basket_of_Deplorables (Donate to Mike Flynn's legal fund: https://mikeflynndefensefund.org/)
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the public sector is the largest bastion of union power in the United States, and leaders worry a significant number of members will opt out if they no longer have to pay agency fees.

Sounds like a good plan.

16 posted on 06/14/2018 4:04:38 AM PDT by HapaxLegamenon
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Connecticut should be a Right to work state...if they did that and cut taxes... Connecticut would be nice again...


17 posted on 06/14/2018 5:05:13 AM PDT by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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One of my old college professors got this ball rolling back in the early 80’s when I was taking his classes. To his credit, we had no idea he was a named plaintiff in a case that at that time was going through the appeals courts.

SCOTUS rules in their favor eventually.

the case centered around forced political donations and that the plaintiffs didn’t want to support democrat causes.


18 posted on 06/14/2018 5:18:44 AM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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Since Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker rammed through Right to Work, there's been a similar decline in Wisconsin, making a big hit in Democrat Party finances.

WEAC Suffers Worst Revenue Decline in Nation – Again WEAC = Wisconsin teachers union.

19 posted on 06/14/2018 5:30:03 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Go go Godzilla)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

And the absolute worst of all has been the teachers unions.

The beginning of the end for teaching.


20 posted on 06/14/2018 5:40:44 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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