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The Janus case was an attempt to deliver a knockout blow to millions of working people and their families who looked to the Supreme Court as an independent institution that advances equal

AFSCME International answers your questions about the impact of the anti-worker U.S. Supreme Court ruling:

On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, overruling Abood and holding that compulsory fair share arrangements in the public sector violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion which was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Kennedy, Thomas and Gorsuch.

Longtime Assemblyman Reed Gusciora won yesterday’s runoff election for Mayor of Trenton. The longtime labor committee member was endorsed by AFSCME NJ, Council 63 early last month. The union spent the last two weekends before the election canvassing for Gusciora with more than 40 members. Canvassers knocked on doors through the weekend and during election day to ensure Gusciora’s victory on June 12th. Due in part to AFSCME New Jersey’s involvement, Gusciora surged from behind to take the lead and defeated Paul Perez by 355 votes. 

Last month, AFSCME NJ workers with the Camden County Library were finally able to ratify a contract after more than a year of job actions and community outreach. 

Julie Tozer, President of Local 1454, says they started holding rallies in April of 2017 that lasted throughout much of that summer. Additionally, she and other members of 1454 attended every single freeholder meeting for an entire year to demand that the library workers get a fair contract. 

 Member-provided photo.

Pictured: Keith Kracht. Photo Credit: Member-provided photo.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders lashed out at the Trump administration after President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders to make it easier to fire federal workers and weaken their unions.

It is a new day for AFSCME members in New Jersey!

This weekend, the delegates to the AFSCME NJ founding convention unanimously ratified the constitution for AFSCME New Jersey. This means organizing committee status has been lifted and we are now AFSCME New Jersey, Council 63.

Watch the video from the convention here: