We Must Continue Work to Grow Our Union
Tuesday of this week came and went without the Supreme Court issuing a decision in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Association case, as had been expected. This is just the way things go with the Supreme Court — you don’t really know when the justices will rule on a case until that ruling is released … you just have to wait.
While we are stuck waiting for the decision in this case, we don’t have to — and won’t — wait to respond. Our response is the same as it has been when wealthy special interests push to take away our rights and our ability to affect change in our workplaces and communities: We will stand together, and we need you to stand with us. We are continuing our Strength in Numbers membership drive because standing together is the only chance we have to fend off these challenges.
“We’ll continue on because we know these attacks aren’t stopping any time soon,” said SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla. “If it’s not the Friedrichs case (or one of the dozen-plus in queue behind it), it could be a rogue legislature that aims to turn New Hampshire into a Right to Work state.”
We know from seeing what’s happened to workers in places like Wisconsin and Michigan, where they’ve lost the right to bargain, or seen their paychecks plummet because they’re contributing way more to their health care and retirement.
“We really can’t wait to see what happens because we have so much to lose,” Gulla said. “That’s why we need members to continue to talk with non-members about joining with us. We’ve made progress, but we can’t rest. We can’t wait to see what happens next.”
We’ll provide any updates on the Friedrichs case as they become available.