New York Teacher Union Calling for a Campaign against Gorsuch


New York teacher union officials fought hard to enact a law which calls for mandatory monopoly bargaining and compulsory unionism. Every teacher in every New York school district must either join a union or become an agency fee payor.  There is no negotiating when it comes to paying dues for New York teachers.

Considering the facts of mandatory monopoly bargaining and compulsory unionism they fought so hard for, it seems a call for increasing union membership isn’t going to get them very far. Desperate times call for desperate measures so these union officials are calling for a campaign against Neil Gorsuch, whom many believe will be the pivotal vote in the Janus v. AFSCME case. Check the story out in NYSUT Communications.

Just hours after the U.S. Senate confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, RA delegates overwhelmingly approved a Special Order of Business calling for an all-out educational and mobilization campaign in support of a fair decision on union dues and fees.

“He is an extremist,” said Barbara Bowen, president of Professional Staff Congress, who introduced the Special Order. “His presence on the Supreme Court will lead to a ruling designed to attack public-sector unions, especially teacher unions.”


Whereas, on April 7, 2017, the United States Senate, after a rules changed voted in by the Republican majority, confirmed President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, an extremist conservative judge whose record suggests that he will rule in favor of corporations and against unions and workers; and

Whereas, the anti-union National Right to Work Foundation and Liberty Justice Center backed a group of Illinois public employees to bring the case Janus v. AFSCME, also calling for the invalidation of the collection of fair share fees by public sector unions; and

Whereas, Janus is moving quickly through the federal court system and is expected to be considered by the Supreme Court in the October 2017 term, with a decision invalidating the collection of fair share fees expected to be delivered by June 2018; and

Whereas, teachers’ unions have been a particular target of anti-union lawsuits because teachers’ unions are among the strongest force in organized labor and K-12 education has the highest union density of any employment sector; and

Whereas, the loss of unions’ ability to collect fair share fees is designed to deliver a crippling blow to the labor movement and to public-sector unions in particular. . .

therefore be it

RESOLVED that NYSUT launch a strong campaign to educate and mobilize its members and the public about the far-right’s heinous attack on the unions representing workers who provide public services; and

RESOLVED that NYSUT call on its two national affiliates, the AFT and the NEA, and on the AFL-CIO, to conduct a mass public campaign in support of a fair decision on union dues and fees; and

RESOLVED that NYSUT call on its member locals to approach the Janus decision as an imperative to revitalize their unions from the ground up, urging locals to conduct internal campaigns to increase union membership and enlist current members to make a public commitment to remain dues-paying union members—even in the event of a negative decision on Janus—so that all NYSUT locals emerge from this year with deepened member adhesion and greater capacity to advocate collectively for the public good.