April 2018

Explaining Fair Share and the Union Advantage

Resources for your next 10-minute meeting

A case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, Janus vs. AFSCME, threatens to weaken unions by banning something known as "fair share fees." Fair share fees are paid by those who choose not to be full members of the union but who benefit, nonetheless, from collective bargaining and union representation.

The new makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court all but guarantees a future ban on fair share fees, as early as this spring. That could make it harder for teachers to negotiate for wages, benefits, and good working conditions.

Some states have already made fair share fees illegal, and many of those have been making headlines as teachers try to fight for a living wage and benefits. In states without full union rights, the average teacher makes $22,000 less per year than teachers in Connecticut, with none of the same protections.

Share this information at your next 10-minute meeting and show a two-minute video, The Union Advantage, in which Berlin teacher Kelly Dumas describes her previous experience in a Las Vegas classroom.

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