AFSCME blurs the lines between ‘representational’ and ‘political’ spending, to the detriment of fair share payers

By Mailee Smith
04/05/2017
Government workers in Illinois can opt out of union membership, but they still have to pay fees to the union. Those fees are not supposed to go toward political activities, but a close look at AFSCME’s most recent union report demonstrates how unions use fair share fees for activities most people would consider “political.”

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, fair share

Opting out of AFSCME membership: FAQs on fair share payers

By Mailee Smith
03/03/2017
AFSCME Executive Director Roberta Lynch announced Feb. 23 that union members voted to authorize a state worker strike. But state workers have another option. By becoming a fair share payer, state workers can report to work during a strike without facing union punishment. Here’s what state workers need to know about fair share status.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, fair share, labor, Robert Lynch, unions