2018 is here and while things have changed, many things are still the same. Our members are still working hard to do the best job that they can every day. Thanks to your professionalism and hard work, our employers clearly see the advantage of a union workforce. Our members are also stepping up to the plate when it comes to helping out their community. Below, I have highlighted the work of Michael Terry, this year's Alfred C. Koeppe winner. I encourage all of you to read his story and help his campaign.
Of course, 2018 also brings with it changes. We have a new Governor and for the first time in eight years, he is friendly to labor. Below I have provided a story from the NJ AFL-CIO about one of his first Executive Orders. The future is also hazy for our union movement. On February 26th, the Supreme Court will hear a case, Janus v AFSCME, that will most likely radically change how public sector unions are able to collect union dues. While this case will not affect us, it is only a matter of time before they come for our union. With an unsure future, the AFL-CIO is reaching out to union members across the country and asking for their input. I have included the survey below, please take a few minutes to fill it out.
Once again thank you for the work that you do every day. With winter here, please remember to work safely.