Sisters and Brothers -
This morning we received some news that poses an incredible challenge and threat to our union.
The Supreme Court announced that it will consider a case, Janus vs AFSCME that aims at taking away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves, their families and their communities.
Janus is a case, supported by the so-called “Freedom” Foundation", which will almost certainly eliminate your freedom to negotiate union security clauses in the public sector. We don’t know exactly how the Court will rule on Janus, but there is a strong likelihood that your voice as a public sector union member will be significantly weakened as early as June of next year.
The Janus case is the culmination of decades of attacks on working families by wealthy CEOs and the politicians who do their bidding to rig the economy in their favor. They want to weaken unions because unions have played a central role in defending the freedoms we cherish to build and protect the middle class.
The best way for us as union members to prepare for this attack is to stand together with our co-workers and reaffirm our commitment to each other. We have a plan to win and be even stronger, with members leading the way.
Our union is incredibly resilient. We have faced many challenges in the past, and we’ve proven that when we stand together, we can improve our lives and our communities. We are confident we will prevail this time as well.
Thank you for your service to our community, and for your membership in Teamsters 117.
President and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement