On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a 5-to-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31that overruled over forty years of law that allowed public sector unions to charge fair share fees to employees who, though represented by those unions in the workplace, chose not to become union members.The Janus decision has continued to generate questions among school employers, administrators, and employees.In addition, recent legislative changes in California have affected the rights and responsibilities of public employers and the unions who represent public employees.
The California Teachers Association (CTA) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) provide this joint guidance regarding Janus’ meaning and recent legislation related to union membership. This joint document also discusses rules that might apply when outside, non-union entities seek to obtain contact information for union-represented public employees.
ACSA and CTA are pleased to collaborate on this guidance, and we are proud to work together to provide optimal learning conditions in our schools and help our students succeed. While Janus prevents unions from collecting fair share fees from nonmembers without their consent, the case does not otherwise alter employee rights or impact our ongoing efforts to maintain strong and collaborative relationships between ACSA and CTA members.