Protestors to Mark Janus: “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Every workplace has at least one repugnant employee like Janus, but only the National Right to Work Foundation has the money to get this jerk on C-SPAN (a must watch)
Public Enemy number 1 today is Mark Janus. If you Google Mark Janus, a lot of UCOMM's stuff pops up, as does many stories around one of the most important US Supreme Court cases in recent history surrounding collective bargaining rights. But if you Google what kind of worker Mark Janus is, you get a baloney "he's a boy scout" write up from American's for Prosperity, a right-wing anti-union organization dedicated to making the rich richer and the poor, poorer. It is a natural feeling to want to go after Mark Janus personally. Groups like the Right to Work Foundation and American’s for Prosperity have made Mark Janus their poster child, but this balding Ned Flanders look-alike, decorated with a porn star mustache with an angry white man persona, is just one in a long line of poster children' for the anti-union types. Last year it was Becky Friedrichs, and there will be more.
It is also natural to blame the union. Many are saying AFSCME got us into this, but of course, they just have the unfortunate luck of the Supreme Court choosing the case filed by one of their idiot members. In Friedrichs, it was the California Teachers Association, next time it could be any union. Every workplace has a Mark Janus. They are the member that wants good wages and benny’s but don’t want to earn it. They don’t go to union meetings; their work is below par and they are the most disliked in the entire shop. They are the member that always has something to complain about. UCOMM always says that there are three kinds of members, those that are diehards, those that are social butterflies and those that are a waste. Mark Janus is a waste and a terrible social worker.
Rich Haase, a teacher’s union leader from Long Island was at the rally this morning on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. He told us that about a dozen people came out to support Mark Janus, while over 1,000 were there to support organized labor. When Mark Janus tried to speak, the protestors did what any of us would have done; in unison, they chanted in a high volume “Shame! Shame! Shame!” Haas reported that the preliminary reports from those inside the Supreme Court were that the freedom of speech first amendment argument that the C-SPAN video tried to convey was non-existent and what was really discussed was the theory and concept of collective bargaining.
Below we have provided a video from C-Span where Janus and his lawyer explain the case and debate the merits of destroying unions. It makes you sick to your stomach to watch this, but all good unionist must. We must understand why people like Janus allow themselves to be exploited and allow themselves to become the poster child for attacks on their co-workers. If you’re anything like me, you're really upset at Mark Janus and the hundreds like him who have infiltrated our ranks. Duty of Fair Representation (DFR) rules force us to represent them, but today is the beginning of the end for Mark Janus, and a new day for a better, younger and stronger American Union Movement.