Janus Case

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As we face unprecedented challenges in the courts and state legislatures, AAUP members are coming together in the One Faculty, One Resistance campaign to fight for higher education and the critical role it plays in this country.

Our collective voice is a powerful force to set standards and create better workplaces in our country and in higher education. Together, we work effectively to ensure safe environments and quality higher education. Together, we defend academic freedom, shared governance, and due process protections. Standing together also makes it possible for us to negotiate affordable healthcare, a fair return on our work, and the ability to retire with dignity. Our freedom to join together in unions to set standards and create fair rules for working families is absolutely critical at a time when higher education faces unprecedented corporatization and when educators and our colleges and universities are under siege for the role they play in our society.

 We recognize higher education is a public good. But wealthy interests often view it as a commodity and see our work as a challenge to their economic advantage and political power. Corporations and CEOs have created organizations to attack and undermine our collective voice, our universities, and our scholarship. Where these attacks have succeeded, universities, faculty, and students have all suffered, and the foundations of free inquiry and robust scholarship are threatened.

What AAUP members and leaders are saying:

The Janus case  just reminds us of what we need to do: organize, work together, and stand up for what is right. —Howard Bunsis, AAUP Council member, professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University

People sometimes forget that we are designed to work together, to be together, and to tackle problems together. Unions are requisite, now more than ever. Regardless of the outcome of the Janus case, workers are looking at new models for collective negotiation, reopening conversations, and exercising their power. The West Virginia teachers just seized a teachable moment and reminded us all how we win power even if we lose Janus. —Caprice Lawless, AAUP second vice president, lecturer at Front Range Community College, Colorado

In a recent poll, more than 60% of Americans said they support unions, and 20% were undecided. We need to reach that 20%! Janus has been a wake-up call for unions to reconnect with our rank-and-file members and continue building new models to protect our collective well-being. —Tracy Neumann, AAUP-AFT Local 6075, associate professor of history at Wayne State University

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Additional reading and resources

Exclusive: how rightwing groups wield secret 'toolkit' to plot against US unions. From The Guardian.

The racist roots of the Janus case. From the Clarion, the newspaper of the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY.

Janus, Agency Fees, and the First Amendment. From the Academe blog.

Building Power before Janus–And After: Lessons from CUNY. From Labor Notes.

Go Ahead, SCOTUS. Rule Against Unions in Janus Case. You’ll Only Make Us Stronger. From GadflyontheWallBlog.  

Behind Janus: Documents Reveal Decade-Long Plot to Kill Public-Sector Unions. From In These Times. 

West Virginia Teachers Are Showing How Unions Can Win Power Even If They Lose Janus. From In These Times. 

Janus v. AFSCME is a threat to all workers. In the Orange County Register.

These Cities Aren’t Waiting for the Supreme Court to Decide Whether or Not to Gut Unions: They’re finding ways to support organizing now. From the Nation. 

Unions Helped Integrate America. The Supreme Court Could End That This Year. From the Daily Beast.

The Recent Teacher Strikes Are about More than Just Teachers. From Pacific Standard.