CAS attorneys Brad Stuhler and Michael Starvaggi recently conducted a series of informative workshops for CAS unit presidents and executive board members entitled “Janus v. AFSCME: The story behind the case and what questions need to be asked” at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Melville on Tuesday, April 17th.
As we await the announcement of the Supreme Court verdict in Janus v. AFSCME that is expected to be announced later in June, over seventy CAS unit leaders were able to attend either the morning or afternoon workshops. The CAS attorneys pointed out that the Janus case is merely one part of a decades-long strategic campaign meant to strip collective bargaining and unionization from American workers. They stressed that we cannot afford to allow ourselves to be as easily manipulated and naive as Mr. Janus. Every public sector employee needs to be aware of the political forces behind the case and what they are looking to accomplish. They emphasized that it is imperative for every public sector teacher, administrator, police officer, firefighter, county and town worker to understand what exactly is at stake in Janus v. AFSCME and the goal of the corporate power brokers who are behind the case.
The attorneys also provided helpful suggestions to enhance local unit visibility and identity within their school communities. All in all, the many CAS local unit presidents and executive board members who attended the workshops left with helpful guidance and as practical suggestions for strengthening unit effectiveness.
Workshop materials and other information are on our Janus Resources page on the CAS website at http://casliny.com/advocacy/position-papers/janus-information/
Please read the CAS brochure on the Value of Union Membership. It contains crucial and timely information about major legal developments affecting all public employees.