Supreme Court Janus Decision
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this morning on Janus v. AFSCME that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions. The case concerns whether public employees can be forced to pay so-called "agency fees" to fund the work of public sector unions. The court ruled that government workers who choose not to join unions may not be required to help pay for collective bargaining.
While today’s ruling may ignore the value of unions to hardworking families, the UFA will never stop organizing to protect the health, safety and interests of New York City Firefighters and the citizens they keep out of harm’s way. We stand with our fellow brothers and sisters in labor and will always fight for the rights of our members.
The full scope of the ruling will be worked out in the coming days as each state’s laws are uniquely effected. We will continue to keep you updated as more details become available.
Important Upcoming Dates for 2018 NYS Elections
- NYS Primary Day - September 13
- NYS General Election - November 6
Bills the UFA Supports
- S7158B Golden - A 9056 Joyner
An act to amend the general municipal law and the retirement and social security law, in relation to increasing certain special accidental death benefits.
*This legislation extends the escalation of a cost of living increase of approximately 3% for all line-of-duty widows or widowers for fiscal year 2018-19.
- S5778A Alcantara A7601
An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to membership dues in an employee organization and signed authorizations for deduction.
*To streamline the process for an individual to join a public sector union.
- S7797A Marty Golden
An act to amend the retirement and social security law and the workers' compensation law, in relation to participants in the World Trade Center rescue.
*To extend the period for filing a claim relating to World Trade Center rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations.
- S6838 Peralta
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
establishing the deceased police officer, firefighter and emergency medical services family housing assistance program; to amend the state finance law, in relation to the deceased police officer family housing fund; and making an appropriation therefor.
*To provide financial assistance to the spouse and/or dependents of a deceased public protection employee.
- S3070 Addabbo - A636 Miller
An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to civil service credits for step children of firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics killed in the line of duty.
*To provide "legacy credits" to a step child or the child of a surviving spouse of a firefighter, police officer, emergency medical technician or paramedic killed in the line of duty. Legacy credits are points which can be used on civil service tests when the job applicant is the child of a first responder killed in the line of duty.
Register to Vote
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