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UAPD Pulse: Now Hear This… All Hands on Deck!

By Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

I just returned from the AFSCME-SEIU joint attorney conference in Washington D.C., and the news there wasn’t particularly good. The union busting Janus v. AFSCME case will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in January and likely be decided by next June. The consensus of the vast majority of the top union attorneys was that agency or “fair share” fees will be prohibited the day after the Court’s adverse decision. Right-wing groups will then contact our members to encourage them to drop their membership and get union services without paying any dues— to free ride.

What does this mean to all public unions, including UAPD?   If people choose to be free riders, union income would be severely diminished, and all UAPD services—negotiations, grievances, legal, educational, organizing and legislative–would be seriously curtailed or eliminated.  Some unions will not survive Janus, but the well-organized ones will.
I now call on all of you to step up to keep our union strong.  The Janus case and further attacks by anti-labor forces will not be going away anytime soon. Reductions in services will occur…UNLESS…all of us consistently and patiently endeavor to convert our fair share members into full paying members and keep our members fully engaged.

Imagine your job and career working for your employer without a union to protect you or to negotiate a good contract. Imagine not being able to file a grievance to enforce these hard fought contracts. Imagine not having a healthy steward system or staff to turn to for advice and support. Imagine having no political and legal muscle to improve working conditions and defend pensions.  Who will stand up for your pension if unions are gone?  This is precisely what is facing us next year if we don’t get your full support and energy to increase our membership now.

The UAPD Board has told staff and stewards that organizing is our top priority.  In the coming days and weeks our UAPD staff and member doctors will be calling on you to recommit yourself to the union that has been and always will be there for you. We will need your advice and efforts to sign up all fair share members as full members. Please answer this critical call to keep UAPD strong and healthy.