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Union Membership Steady As San Diego Teachers Head Back To School Post-Janus

October 1, 2018

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on union fees will cost San Diego’s teachers union more than $350,000 this year.

In Janus v. AFSCME, the court decided public sector unions can’t charge non-members agency fees — or so-called “fair share fees” — to help cover the cost of representation. Unions must represent anyone in a union-covered position, whether they’re a member or not.

The San Diego Education Association had about 350 non-members paying $1,000 annually, said association President Kisha Borden, and 10 out of about 6,000 dues-paying members have ended their memberships since the ruling.

Without that revenue, the union will rein in spending and won’t fill two vacant positions — a contract specialist who fields phone calls from members with contract questions and an organizer who helps school site representatives…

Borden echoes what her colleagues across the country are saying: The ruling has reinvigorated members… (more)

 

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