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Nov. 30, 2015

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UUP makes new web push to grow membership, oppose Friedrichs




Check out UUP's Defending Our Union web pages

Defending Our Students, Our University and Our Work
How do I join UUP?
Defending Our Union: Social Media
Fact sheet: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
Media Coverage: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

Thinking about joining UUP but you’re not sure?

Wondering what your union does for you?

Concerned over the very real threat that Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association poses to public sector unions?

Those questions and issues are addressed in a series of new Defending Our Union web pages developed by UUP to help convince fee payers to sign union cards and become union members.

“These valuable web resources are a toolkit of sorts for our leaders and members as they work to convince fee payers on their campuses to sign union cards,” said President Fred Kowal. “In light of Friedrichs and the damage it could cause to unions nationwide, we have made it a priority to grow our ranks. There is strength in numbers.”

The first page, Defending Our Students, Our University and Our Work, provides an overview of the issues; it contains a video of Kowal, below, explaining the importance of being in a union and why members and leaders need to recruit fee payers to join.



A second page, How do I join UUP?, provides information about why it’s important to be a union member and spells out the benefits of being union. It hosts a video of UUP members, which you can view at the top of the page, who tell why they’re UUP and how the union helps and protects its members.

Two of the five pages are devoted to Friedrichs, a case bankrolled by corporate CEOs and big-money union-busters that’s designed to bankrupt public sector unions by barring them from collecting agency fees from workers who benefit from collective bargaining agreements but aren’t union members.

Fact sheet: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is just that: it explains what Friedrichs is and how it could devastate public sector unions if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in its favor; the case will be decided in 2016. There’s also a Friedrichs media coverage page with links to pertinent news articles and videos about the case.

Finally, there’s Defending Our Union: Social Media, a social media resources page filled with graphics, videos and other items ready to post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media networks. Just click on the links next to the icon and right click on the image that pops up on your screen to save it to your computer.

"I'm urging our members, our leaders and our activists to read and utilize these resources," said Kowal. "They will help you explain why it's imperative that we convince as many fee payers as we can to sign union cards."

Friedrichs challenges the right of public sector unions to collect agency fees from nonunion members who benefit from collective bargaining. The case questions the constitutionality of the concept of “fair share”—that everyone who enjoys benefits and protections of a negotiated contract should pay their fair share of the cost for that work.

It is illegal for unions to use dues for political activities. Instead, unions collect voluntary donations for political action funds, like NYSUT’s VOTE-COPE nonpartisan fund.


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