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As Some Predicted, Union Membership Projected to Drop After SCOTUS Ruling

July 5, 2018 By Staff
As Some Predicted, Union Membership Projected to Drop After SCOTUS Ruling

Connecticut's public-sector union bosses are planning for a drop in membership following the Janus v. AFSCME decision at the Supreme Court.

Connecticut’s public-sector unions are bracing for a drop in membership this year, after the Supreme Court ruled last week that public-sector unions cannot forcibly charge non-members fees.

WNPR‘s Harriet Jones reported:

Public sector unions in Connecticut say they expect to lose between five and ten percent of their membership in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that allows workers to opt out of paying dues.

Reclaim Connecticut noted following the decision that some predicted the positive decision for Janus meant public-sector unions would have less power in Connecticut:

If the court rules that unions cannot charge non-union members fees, money will leave unions’ coffers all across the nation, including in Connecticut.

Less money equals less power for state unions, some of which have a chokehold on Connecticut taxpayer dollars by continuing to negotiate generous benefits and pensions for state employees.

Don’t count the American Federation for State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) out, though. Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin), the most powerful legislator in the state, is an AFSCME employee.