Temecula Educators Prepare for Janus
By Ed Sibby
Temecula Valley Educators Association (TVEA) is making sure its members are well-versed on the potential impact of the attack on working families that Janus vs AFSCME presents.
National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly delegate Dawn Murray-Sibby delivered a short presentation of the history of Fair Share, and how the current complexion of the Court has prompted another attack on the landmark 1977 Abood case that established it.
Site leaders learned that California Teachers Association (CTA) has been preparing for this possibility for some time. State Council Representative and TVEA member Alan Underwood explained, “Our leadership and staff have been in front of this for years now, and we’re ready to carry out our plan regardless of the Court’s finding.” Portions of those plans were discussed, including Task Force work, staff training/preparation, checklists, toolkits, and other materials made available online if Abood is overturned.
TVEA President Jeff Kingsberg was pleased with the response from site leaders; “This is a challenge and an opportunity- we are stronger because we are prepared to stand with our students, parents, and community, regardless of the Janus outcome.”
Janus is set for oral arguments in late February.