Teachers With Free Choice Have Long Been Fleeing Union
Only a year-and-a-half ago, government union bosses wielded
the power to get teachers and other public employees in more than 20 states
fired simply for refusal to pay dues or fees to a union they didn’t want, and
may have never wanted.
But since June 2018, thanks to the landmark Supreme Court
victory won that month by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation,
its legal partners, and their civil service client in Janus v. AFSCME
Council 31, forced financial support for government unions has been legally
“For Right to Work members and supporters, the main
achievement of Janus is to give a real choice to millions of Americans
who previously didn’t have a choice about whether or not to support a union
financially,” said National Right to Work Committee Vice President Mary King.
“No one can yet say how large a share of liberated civil
servants, in states like California and New York, will exercise their right to
stop bankrolling Big Labor. “However, data on government union membership
trends for states where public employees’ Right to Work was protected pre-Janus,
compared to data for the states where it wasn’t, are illuminating.”
Losses For NEA Union Bosses Must Run Into the Hundreds Of
Millions of Dollars
In an analysis published by The 74 Million this August,
Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency dug into the pre-Janus
membership data for America’s largest government-sector union, the radical
National Education Association (NEA).
The data cited by Mr. Antonucci show that, between the
2008-2009 and the 2017-18 school years, “NEA’s active membership — that is,
members working in public schools and universities, excluding retirees and
students,” declined by 9.0%, from 2.885 million to 2.626 million.
In states where teacher unionism was compulsory prior to Janus,
there was actually an overall increase in NEA membership over this period.
But in the 24 states where public educators’ Right to Work
was protected for the entire period in question, the NEA union’s working
membership fell by 25.2%, or nearly 200,000.
Dues-paying membership for the massive government union also
fell sharply in states like Wisconsin and Michigan, which went Right to Work
Altogether, the NEA empire is undoubtedly already losing
hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year as a consequence of
individuals having a right to choose to support the union, or not.
Big Labor Officials Can’t Possibly Believe Their Own
Rhetoric About Janus
Ms. King commented: “The fact is, teachers with a free
choice regarding union membership have for many years already been fleeing the
NEA union and its state and local subsidiaries in droves.
“This is true both of longtime Right to Work states like
North Carolina, where the teacher union hierarchy has never been able to compel
support, and of recent Right to Work states like Wisconsin, where the
NEA-affiliated Wisconsin Education Association Council union was, until
recently, a political powerhouse.
“Now NEA bosses are typically pretending, in their public
statements, that the very Right to Work protections that have undercut their
union’s operations for years in states where they were approved by statute will
hardly affect union operations at all now that they are nationwide, thanks to Janus.
“If they did, they wouldn’t be pushing for passage of laws,
in state after state, that obstruct teachers and other public servants who are
union members from resigning so they can exercise their Janus rights.
“Ever since and even before Janus came down, the
National Right to Work Committee and its millions of members across the country
have been fighting back against such political schemes.
“We are doing everything we can to make sure the right not
to support a government union recognized by the Supreme Court last year is
truly practicable, and not just theoretical.”