In CSEA, We Never Quit!
The pundits and legal experts are suggesting that we are now unlikely to see a decision that strikes down agency/fair share fees this term. While this is good news, what it really means is that we have a bit more time to change our union and prepare for the battles ahead. This case is far from over. It will either be a “no decision” or pushed into the next term of the Supreme Court. From the beginning, we have said that our efforts to engage CSEA members more deeply in the union is not about any one Supreme Court case. We are facing a consistent, sustained and escalating attack on wages, benefits and rights of working people. The forces that are attacking workers and unions have been at this for decades. They will not stop.
We need to use this time we have to redouble our efforts to build a union that will withstand their attacks, engage members in re-imagining our union, defend the wages, benefits and rights we have achieved together, build the strength to raise standards for working families, and elect a president who will stand with us in the face of the attacks to come.
Now is not the time to rest. Now is the time to own your union and raise your voice for fairness and justice for yourselves, and your families, friends and neighbors. I urge all CSEA members to get involved in the union, join an outreach team in your Local or Unit, become a Steward, become an Advocate by talking with your co-workers about the challenges we still face. CSEA will never quit in our fight for fairness in our workplaces and our communities.
All of us have a responsibility to act. Now is the time to fight on.