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The Attack on Working Families (Janus v. AFSCME)

Read latest CTA press release: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, A Case to Rig the System Against Working People

What is Janus v. AFSCME?

Janus v. AFSCME  is a case to rig the system against working people. Janus (just as was the case in Friedrichs v. CTA) is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by corporate CEOs, the wealthiest 1% and the politicians that do their bidding to rig the economy in their favor. The forces behind this case are the same forces that have pushed for limiting voting rights, attacked immigrants, and undermined civil rights protections. These greedy CEOs and special interests don’t want educators to have a seat at the table to advocate for better schools and the resources their students need.

How will Janus affect educators and working people?

  • Further rig the economy against working people 
  • Limit the freedom of workers to join strong unions 
  • Give more power to corporate special interests and CEOs 
  • Further increase income inequality in our communities 
  • Hurt our educators’ ability to make schools better


Who is behind this case?

The National Right to Work Foundation is backing the case. The group is part of a network of extremists funded by corporate CEOs to use the U.S. legal system to rig the rules against everyday working people. Their goal with Janus (as it was in Friedrichs v. CTA) is no secret: they want to use the Supreme Court to take away the freedom of working people to join in strong unions, because unions give workers a powerful voice in speaking up for themselves, their families and their communities. Unions have played a critical role in building and protecting the middle class in America. They provide hard working people economic stability for their families and give them the tools to build a good life, home and education for themselves and their children.


Oral arguments were heard February 26, 2018

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME on February 26, 2018, which would make the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop. Unions will stay strong in the face of these attacks, and educators are getting out the critical message loud and clear. Hear the complete oral arguments here.

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Take Action 

Need help talking about the Janus v. AFSCME case with fellow educators or the public? Our resources and materials will help you stay informed and empowered, get message guidance, make plans for your chapter and share the value of being a CTA member. 

We need you to join organizations and individuals across California in making sure we speak up and inform fellow Americans what this case is really about and the threat it poses to our families, public services and communities.

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    "Their goal here is no secret: they want to use the Supreme Court to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions, because unions give workers a powerful voice in speaking up for themselves, our students, families and communities."

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