The Janus decision has had an impact on “agency fee payors” for public sector unions. The AFSCME lost 98% of it’s agency fee-paying members last year (from 112,233 to 2,215), while the SEIU lost 94% of theirs (from 104,501 to 5,812).
Unions are also taking a hit in states where recent right-to-work laws have gone into effect. The UAW was forced to return $26,000 in dues stolen from employee paychecks of two emergency medical transportation companies in Michigan.
Just because a right-to-work law is in place, it doesn’t mean it will be enforced. In Wisconsin, companies are still actually posting want ads describing their businesses as “union shops,” and listing union membership as a requirement of employment:
Ceco Concrete Construction: “This position is governed by a collective bargaining unit. According to the terms of the CBA, applicants who are selected will be required to join the appropriate union within a certain period after hire. Details of union participation will be given to employees upon hire.”
Henkels & McCoy, Inc.: “This is a union position. All applicants must agree to join the union by membership and work under the union pay scales agreements.”
TOTAL Mechanical: “TOTAL Residential is a union shop; if not already a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 18, individual will be required to join.”
When appeals have been made to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, they site lack of jurisdiction and point grievants to the NLRB.
Right-to-work proponents in New Mexico faced a setback when Governor Lujan Grisham signed a bill invalidating counties’ right-to-work laws. When a push for a state law failed in 2015, proponents began working in local jurisdictions, passing right-to-work regulations in 10 counties and one village. With a signature Grisham flushed those away.