This case has caused some confusion for our members because the media have been imprecise in their reporting. Therefore, I want to underscore that the decision in Janus vs. AFSCME does not directly impact NTEU. NTEU is using the below statement to remind and educate the media on that point, as well as to show solidarity with fellow public sector unions that are harmed by the decision.
Statement of NTEU National President Tony Reardon:
Today’s Supreme Court decision on union dues in the public sector does not apply to federal employees, but NTEU is nevertheless disappointed. We stood with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in this case, because a legal attack on one union is an attack on all those who represent working people. This case was financed by anti-labor organizations to deliberately diminish the role of organized labor, and to further weaken the ability of all employees to have a say in their workplaces, and to stand for fair wages, pensions, health care, and safety. Based on my experience working with frontline employees and their union representatives, we will not let that happen.
While today’s decision does not involve our union, it is part of a wider attack on unions, collective bargaining, and employee rights. We are seeing these efforts directed at NTEU, and federal employees, through the three Executive Orders released by the President on May 25, from proposals to freeze federal pay, attacks on the retirement system for the federal workforce, and ongoing rhetoric that undermines our civil service, and the work that you do.
So today, we reiterate our support of fellow unions and their members impacted by the court decision, and we must also stand together within our union, with our members and with all federal employees, as well as with others who support us, to fight back against the threats we are facing, and to demand respect in our workplace.