The American Federation of Teachers put out a press release announcing that the Union has filed an Amicus brief in the case of Janus vs AFSCME.
For those living in a cave (far too many public employees fit this category I fear) who have not been following developments, this is the case that looks to make union dues optional in the public sector. The argument from Mark Janus is that agency fees for non-union members violate free speech rights of public employees who do not join a union. Janus contends that everything a union does with a government employer is political so forcing public sector workers to pay fair share fees is a violation of First Amendment free speech rights.
The argument from the defense is that since all employees benefit from the collective bargaining unions do, everyone has to pay for collective bargaining. No free riders.
Here is what AFT President Randi Weingarten said in the AFT press release:
“The fight for prosperity and opportunity for all, embodied by the labor movement, is an anathema to the corporate backers of this case—the people funding it are the same people attacking civil rights, attacking voting rights and attacking public education.