Monday Memo

Week of June 18, 2018

A decision from Supreme Court in the Janus case, expected soon, threatens the quality of public sector jobs and public services, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute and a piece in the American Prospect.

The case, backed by wealthy donors and corporations, seeks to undercut public sector unions’ bargaining power.  The Chicago Tribune calls the case “judicial activism at its worst,” and Vox details its history, noting that “an anti-union ruling isn’t as certain as you might expect from a conservative Court.”

Labor historian Priscilla Murillo urges readers of Labor Notes to “take heart: history shows that workers can mobilize and organize even without cover of law. Public workers have done it time and again. Of course labor law matters, but it’s not the only thing that matters.” A debate on how organizing tactics may evolve appears in In These Times.

UPTE held an organizing blitz to sign up new members and reaffirm existing ones, citing the urgency of the pending Janus decision, reports the CWA News. (You can sign up or reaffirm your membership here.)

In other UPTE news, the union’s annual report is now posted.

Four UCLA employees have filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Another high-profile stand in support of UC workers during this commencement season, this time at UC Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.

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