As of last night, our San Juan Teachers Association members are being directly targeted by the Mackinac Center. They are sending emails encouraging members to opt out of their membership.
This is a direct attack designed to make our union weaker and make it easier to privatize our public schools.
Efforts to Privatize Public Education and connections to the case:
Janus is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by corporate CEOs, the wealthiest 1% and the politicians that do their bidding to rig the economy in their favor. The forces behind this case are the same forces that have pushed for limiting voting rights, attacked immigrants, and undermined civil rights protections.
The National Right to Work Foundation is backing the case. The group is part of a network of extremists funded by corporate CEOs to use the U.S. legal system to rig the rules against everyday working people. Their goal with Janus (as it was in Friedrichs v. CTA) is no secret: they want to use the Supreme Court to take away the freedom of working people to join in strong unions, because unions give workers a powerful voice in speaking up for themselves, their families and their communities. Unions have played a critical role in building and protecting the middle class in America. They provide hard working people economic stability for their families and give them the tools to build a good life, home and education for themselves and their children.
School Vouchers 101: https://tinyurl.com/y8vuunef
Koch Brothers attempts to influence Higher Education: http://time.com/4148838/koch-brothers-colleges-universities/
Koch Donations: https://tinyurl.com/y8s23qw4
Conservative Transparency: http://conservativetransparency.org/
Supreme Court blog
Amicus Briefs: https://tinyurl.com/ydxojdh9
Right to work states lower wages: https://tinyurl.com/yc5vrcqm
How to kill the middle class (The Atlantic): https://tinyurl.com/jyjdh3v
Decline of Unions is a Middle Class problem (Forbes): https://tinyurl.com/yd54xlws
Want a raise? Join a union. CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/24/news/economy/union-wages/index.html
5 highest and lowest paying states for (high school) teachers: https://tinyurl.com/yaf5ppov