If the U.S. Supreme Court eliminates agency fees from the public sector in Janus v. AFSCME the workers most directly and immediately affected won’t be teachers or municipal employees, it will be the staffers who work for public sector unions.
The National Staff Organization, which is the umbrella group for unions representing employees of the National Education Association and its state affiliates, is dispensing advice to its members about what to do in case of an adverse Janus ruling.
NSO warns that staff unions will be “under assault as NEA and State Affiliates attempt to cut back and restructure in the face of the Janus threat.”
It tells staff unions “Don’t let managers use these crises to pick and choose staff, allowing them to reshape your union in their image” and to “Keep management’s ability to RIF, Transfer, or Reassign as narrow in scope as possible.”
What I find most interesting is NSO’s lack of trust in NEA’s accounting. It suggests staffers should use “verifiable financial figures (e.g. from the LM Report or the IRS 990) rather than membership reports, since those can be easily manipulated.”
NSO advises an examination of union finances, to include recent audits, reserve fund balances, pension funding ratio, membership trends, and prior year surpluses and losses.
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