* Labor Notes has an interesting op-ed by a co-worker of Mark Janus, who is the plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case about the constitutionality of mandatory fair share fees…
1. Without our union, Mr. Janus’s job would probably have been outsourced by now. A drastic provision in the state’s “last, best, and final offer” in 2016 would have given Governor Rauner the right to outsource and privatize state employees’ jobs without accountability. Our union is all that’s preventing critical public services from being privatized. […]
2. Mr. Janus has received $17,000 in union-negotiated raises. […]
3. The public—including the parents and kids Mr. Janus serves—has access to resources like childcare that our union has fought to defend. […]
4. Our union blocked the employer from doubling the cost of Mr. Janus’s health benefits. […]
5. We make sure Mr. Janus’s office is warm in the winter and cool in the summer… In the building where Mr. Janus and I work, the heating and cooling system is extremely old. Twice a year they bring in a computer from 1982 to switch from heat to air conditioning for the summer, and vice versa for the winter. So when the weather fluctuates, we work to get portable heating or cooling units deployed where they’re needed.
Go read the whole thing and tell us what you think.
* ADDED: Meet the new head of Chicago labor: Ramirez himself frames it in sharper terms: “He’s as left as they come. He’s for all labor, not just a building trades guy.”
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