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On August 16, 2018, AFSCME Council 63 notified the State of New Jersey that the state contract was overwhelmingly ratified by the AFSCME membership.

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Just days after the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, Mike Messner and his executive board set out on a mission to increase their union membership.

Messner, the president of Local 888 Rutgers University, and executive board member Jodi Virgilio have since turned in more than 6 dozen new member signups in the month following the decision.

The Janus decision allows public employees to stop paying partial union dues, while still being covered under the union-negotiated contract, if they don’t want to be a member of the union. 

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.