Union Membership in New Jersey Holds Strong
3 months after Janus, Garden State union members are sticking with their union
Nearly 3 months after the Janus v AFSCME decision, unions are beginning to asses the fallout. While many thought the ruling would be catastrophic for public sector unions, some in New Jersey are saying that their membership levels have held strong and even increased.
NJ.com is reporting that labor leaders in the Garden State are hopeful that the bottom hasn’t fallen out of their membership roles. The CWA says that their membership numbers have actually increased since Janus as their local unions contacted agency fee payers and convinced them to join the union. This sentiment was backed up by the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association which said they only lost 20 of their 32,000 members. The state teacher’s union also reported losing just a handful of members.
In the months following the decision, right-wing groups like the Mackinac Center for Public Policy have been contacting New Jersey union members urging them to opt out of their union. They have even teamed up with the Koch Brother’s backed American’s for Prosperity to run radio ads throughout the state. UCOMM Blog previously covered similar activities by the Mackinac Center in New York.
Official stats on the number of people opting out of their unions will not be available until 2019.