January 2018

Straight Talk About Janus

Details at next round of CEA County Forums

As the New Year brings us closer to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, follow the money, and you'll find that corporate executives are footing the bill for plaintiffs like Janus in an effort to weaken unions—and therefore, the protections that help safeguard teachers' salaries, benefits, and rights. This movement, ironically, is known as "right to work." More accurately, it could be described as "right to beg."

Here's why: Right-to-work laws diminish wages for everyone (by an average of $1,500 per year), reduce or eliminate health and retirement benefits, and erode working conditions. Many Connecticut teachers have taught in right-to-work states, such as Arizona and Wisconsin, and have shared their stories of no prep periods, low salaries, second and third jobs to make ends meet, and class sizes as large as 70. Moving or returning to Connecticut, those educators saw firsthand what a strong union can accomplish.

Read more about the union pay advantage here

Hear firsthand what to expect

CEA County Forums are coming up, and they're a good opportunity to learn about Janus v. AFSCME (now before the Supreme Court) and what it could mean for the future of unions.

Get an honest analysis of the case, what's at stake, and how teachers can continue to protect their hard-won salaries, benefits, and unified voice.

Click here for upcoming County Forum dates and locations

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