NEA’s UniServ Program, created in 1970, was designed to “help establish and maintain effective local affiliates by making professional staff available to provide direct support and assistance to local affiliates and the active members of such affiliates on an on-going basis.” (-2008 Guidelines for National Education Association UniServ Program)
“What the fair share burning platform laid bare was an ugly truth: unions are out of touch with the overwhelming majority of their members. Union membership is seen as an obligation, a term of employment, and not a conscious act of joining and belonging to an organization. In spite of years of effort to shift […]
For the foreseeable future, NSO members will find our Staff Unions under assault as NEA and State Affiliates attempt to cut back and restructure in the face of the Janus threat to fair share, as well as legislative attacks on collective bargaining, payroll deduction, and a host of other union rights and new mandates intended to eliminate […]
Most everyone knows by now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging the constitutionality of “fair share” or “agency fee”. With the appointment of Neil Gorsuch, virtually all SCOTUS observers anticipate a ruling declaring these fees unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment rights of public sector employees. […]
Unions and their members are now living in a new reality since last November’s election. Because of that, we have to be ready to face the challenges that a new administration is sure to send our way. The latest edition of “Are You Ready?” provides tips and strategies to make sure our affiliates are strong […]
The message for affiliates when it comes to Friedrichs remains the same: “The best offense is a good defense.” Read the next issue of “Are You Ready?” for tips on how to make that happen in your affiliate.Then share the information with colleagues.
NSO’s Insurance and Emerging Concerns Committee has just published its second in a series of communications regarding the Friedrichs case. Find out why a decision in this case matters to all affiliates.