This week is Employee Freedom Week!
What’s Employee Freedom Week, you might ask?
From Aug. 19 – 25, a coalition of state, local and national groups come together to celebrate public sector employees’ freedom to make their own choices about union membership.
It’s important for all employees to know their rights and to be informed about their options.
The choice to opt-out of a union is completely up to the individual worker and the decision should be made based on their needs and those of their families.
Recent Wins for Worker Freedom
This year it is more important than ever for workers to understand what choices and options are available to them.
In the past, special interests have forced workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
Thankfully, a series of worker freedom victories have liberated employees, giving them the opportunity to decide whether union representation is best for them.
These victories have involved the successful passage of right-to-work laws.
28 states, including Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Kentucky, have enacted right-to-work legislation.
We have also seen recent victories for workers on the national level.
In this year’s landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that government workers cannot be forced to pay fees to a labor union.
This court ruling was a big win for worker freedom and employee rights.
A recent survey found that more than half of public sector union members support the Janus decision.
Worker freedom is on the rise, and it’s time to celebrate and share the good news with everyone!