February 15, 2019
Janus for the Rails and Air?
A right-wing policy think tank filed a Janus-style lawsuit against the Machinists on January 8, claiming that non-members shouldn't be required to pay fees for union representation. Read more here
September 14, 2018
Trump Administration Orders NLRB Staff To Step Up Prosecution Of Labor Unions
The National Labor Relations Board on Sept. 14 ordered field offices staff to start pursuing charges against unions for "negligent" behavior such as losing an employees' complaint or not returning phone calls when the worker has questions. Read more here
August 25, 2018
In victory for unions, judge overturns key parts of Trump executive orders
Unions representing federal workers on Saturday declared victory in what they have described as an assault by the Trump administration after a federal judge struck down key provisions of a set of executive orders aimed at making it easier to fire employees and weaken their representation. Read more here.
Aug 8, 2018
Missouri Voters Reject Anti-Union Law in a Victory for Labor
After a succession of political setbacks in onetime strongholds and a landmark defeat in the Supreme Court, organized labor has notched a hard-won victory as Missouri voters overrode a legislative move to curb union power. Read more here.
June 27, 2018
America Needs Unions Now More than Ever As Supreme Court Sides with Corporate Billionaires Rigging Economy Against Workers
As millions of American workers recommit to their unions and launch new organizing drives and as support for labor unions has risen to its highest level in years, it is shameful that the billionaire CEOs and corporate special interests behind this case have succeeded in manipulating the highest court in the land to do their bidding. This case was nothing more than a blatant political attack to further rig our economy and democracy against everyday Americans in favor of the wealthy and powerful. Read AFSCME's response here.
May 22, 2018
Supreme Court rules in favor of companies on forced arbitration policies
Workers battling their employers over injuries, pay, and other workplace conditions can be prohibited from banding together in court, the Supreme Court decided on Monday. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court said that the controversial but popular practice of requiring employees to sign forced arbitration agreements is legal under federal labor laws. Read AFSCME President Lee Saunders' response here. Read additional coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision here.
Feb 26, 2018
Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 begins Arguments in U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether agency shop agreements may be invalidated under the First Amendment.
Loss of Dues Paycheck Deductions
Our opponents are trying to cut off our oxygen and suffocate the labor movement. They will not stop until every state bans payroll deduction of dues, making it harder for unions to represent their members.
So-called "Right-to-Work" Laws
28 States have enacted some form of "Right to Work" laws, and the national legislation has more cosponsors than ever before. With an anti-worker Congress and President, the threat is real.
In addition to so-called "Right to Work" and "Paycheck Protection" bills, this anti-worker President and Congress are promising to roll back worker protections that Organized Labor has spent 150 years fighting for. In the states, our opponents are asking legislatures to pre-empt worker-friendly local ordinances.
Recent Judicial Issues
The conservative majority of the Supreme Court delivered a sweeping and historic blow to the labor movement this summer ruling that public sector workers who are represented by unions cannot be required to pay any union dues.
The Ongoing War On Workers
Corporations continue to strip workers of basic decencies with their large donations to anti-worker candidates and lawmakers.
States Going After Union Dues.
What we did:
Worked with the top 7 merchant platforms to create an automatic dues deduction system via the web, bypassing state restrictions on payroll dues deductions.
Direct attacks on the ability to collect PAC.
What we did:
Developed a system to uniquely handle PAC contributions. No comingling of funds. Adheres to all FEC and State regulations.
Charitable giving is decreasing.
What we did:
Built a scalable, turn-key giving platform for collection of Charitable donations, no matter the size of the union or local, regardless of state payroll restrictions.
Members no longer engaging.
What we did:
Built a modern communications platform, focused on mobile, social communication mechanisms.
Members feel unheard.
What we did:
Created a system that easily gathers feedback from members, through surveys and discussions. Members now have an active voice in their union.
Member trust is fading.
What we did:
By opening up two-way communications, members now ENGAGE on union topics with peers and leaders all the while increasing their stake in the process.
- SUE CARNEY, APWU
- A. Philip Randolph
- Cesar Chavez
- THOMAS R. DONAHUE
- DAVE JOHNSON, Fellow, Campaign for America's Future and Entrepreneur
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Your members want to hear from you, and they want to be heard, as well. This is how engagement builds over time. For the first time, UnionTrack® ENGAGE gives unions the ability to hold two-way conversations with their members in real time, so you know what your members are thinking. They then begin to amplify your messaging through social media and in one-on-one conversations with other members, their family and friends.
Two-way conversations make members feel more connected to the union. They become more active and committed, and are more likely to ENGAGE in advocacy, COPE, and organizing efforts. They know their union is looking out for them because they see it in real time. A more connected union makes for stronger collective action.
Use that connection with your members to collect their opinions through live surveys. Identify your up-and-coming leaders and recognize your most influential members by seeing who engages in which activities. And, of course, collect dues and recurring payments directly as insurance against anti-union "Right to Work" and "Paycheck Protection" legislation being pursued at the Federal, State and Local levels.