Today you may have received a memo via the state email system from the Rauner Administration purporting to interpret the recent Supreme Court ruling in the case of Janus v AFSCME Council 31.
As you know all too well, this case actually originated with Bruce Rauner and he was on the steps of the US Supreme Court today to claim credit for the outcome.
The misleading memo sent out by Rauner aide Tim McDevitt is actually an attempt to further the agenda Bruce Rauner has had since Day One, to weaken unions in state government, especially AFSCME. For more than three years our union has refused to bow down to Rauner’s demands to freeze steps, double health insurance costs, and weaken rights on the job.
In other words, Rauner failed to break our union, just as he has failed at managing our state. So it’s no wonder that his administration has now set up a special website to try to push employees to abandon their union.
Here are the facts:
* You do NOT need to use the anti-union website that the Rauner Administration has set up.
* If you are a fair share feepayer, CMS will stop deduction of fees from your paycheck. You do not need to sign anything or take any further action. But if you agree that everyone who benefits from union representation should contribute toward the cost of that representation, then you should sign up as a member right away by contacting your local union.
* If you are already a union member, you do NOT need to go to the new CMS website and sign up again. By signing a union membership card—whether that was last month or twenty years ago—you have “opted in” to being a union member. CMS provides the union with a list of all members every month based on the submission of those cards.
* If you want to drop out of the union—and certainly we hope you won’t!—you can call AFSCME Council 31 at 312-641-6060.
Today’s message from the Rauner Administration is part and parcel of Bruce Rauner’s longstanding effort to divide and, yes, conquer state employees. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. If you’re already a full dues-paying member, great! You don’t have to do anything else today. If you’re a feepayer, take the time right now to contact your local union and sign a union membership card.
P.S. Unlike Bruce Rauner, AFSCME is not permitted to use the state email system to discuss the meaning of the Janus case. So please share this message via personal email (or hard copy print out) with your co-workers.