In this instance, “Freedom” means the unfettered ability to contract out YOUR job to private sector profiteers.
Since its inception CAPS has been focused on addressing the needs of California State Scientists. No one else. No unrelated causes, no money to local or national politics, no endorsements of candidates or issues not having a direct impact on members’ employment and professional interests. Until the advent of the Janus decision.
That decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on June 26 eliminated the requirement for nonmembers to pay a fee for representation. This substantially cuts the financial support to CAPS and ALL public sector unions nationwide where there was a so-called “fair share fee agreement.” For CAPS, that means a loss of about 25% of our income, making the effort for maintaining and increasing the salary and benefits of State Scientists more challenging. Meanwhile CAPS still has the legal obligation to represent ALL State Scientists on bargaining related issues, whether they are paying dues or not. So nonmembers are now truly “free riders.”
One of the principal organizations behind the legal effort to eliminate fair share fees, and to eliminate unions altogether, is the Freedom Foundation. Google it on the web, and see for yourself. This is a group that’s funded largely by hard-core anti-union corporate interests intent on further reducing or eliminating union influence in both the public and private sectors. One way to do that is to reduce the funding, and the SCOTUS decision in Janus is proof of that.
We now see in the aftermath of Janus that paid Freedom Foundation solicitors are appearing at public sector worksites in Orange County and actively soliciting those public employees to drop their union membership. There have been reports of Freedom Foundation solicitors in the Sacramento area doing the same thing.
What’s really going on here?