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Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistan

When Fran Krugen’s late husband was first diagnosed with diabetes, his insulin cost about $35 a bottle.

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 rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

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. 

When he first took a job at the Centralia Correctional Center in Illinois, Keith Kracht knew that a career in public service wouldn’t make him a millionaire. But then again, that’s not why he went into public service.