Are You Sure You’re Ready? #4: The NEA UniServ Program (Still) Matters

NEA’s UniServ Program, created in 1970, was designed to “help establish and maintain effective local affiliates by making professional staff available to provide direct support and assistance to local affiliates and the active members of such affiliates on an on-going basis.”  (-2008 Guidelines for National Education Association UniServ Program) Recent NEA and state EA actions, … Continue reading Are You Sure You’re Ready? #4: The NEA UniServ Program (Still) Matters

Are You Sure You’re Ready? #3: The Best Defense is to Win on Offense

“What the fair share burning platform laid bare was an ugly truth: unions are out of touch with the overwhelming majority of their members. Union membership is seen as an obligation, a term of employment, and not a conscious act of joining and belonging to an organization. In spite of years of effort to shift … Continue reading Are You Sure You’re Ready? #3: The Best Defense is to Win on Offense

Are you sure you’re ready? #2: The Imperative of a Great Defense . . .

For the foreseeable future, NSO members will find our Staff Unions under assault as NEA and State Affiliates attempt to cut back and restructure in the face of the Janus threat to fair share, as well as legislative attacks on collective bargaining, payroll deduction, and a host of other union rights and new mandates intended to eliminate … Continue reading Are you sure you’re ready? #2: The Imperative of a Great Defense . . .

Are you sure you’re ready? #1: Why Janus and Other Anti-Union Challenges Matter

Most everyone knows by now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging the constitutionality of “fair share” or “agency fee”.  With the appointment of Neil Gorsuch, virtually all SCOTUS observers anticipate a ruling declaring these fees unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment rights of public sector employees.   … Continue reading Are you sure you’re ready? #1: Why Janus and Other Anti-Union Challenges Matter

ARE YOU READY/ YOUR UNION’S CALL TO ACTION!

Unions and their members are now living in a new reality since last November’s election. Because of that, we have to be ready to face the challenges that a new administration is sure to send our way. The latest edition of “Are You Ready?” provides tips and strategies to make sure our affiliates are strong … Continue reading ARE YOU READY/ YOUR UNION’S CALL TO ACTION!