By now, you've probably seen or heard about emails from Besty DeVos and her billionaire friends trying to convince people like us to leave our union. The latest wave comes from Bob Bellafiore and the out-of-state billionaires backing his front group, New Choice NY.
Don't be fooled by the false innocence of Bellafiore's email. His message is just what we expected in the weeks following the Supreme Court's Janus decision. It probably won't be the last such message you receive. Their aim is to change the law and the balance of power in the U.S. so that working people own less and less wealth, and the public sector is destroyed-or turned into a source of private profit. They are part of the same network of groups that funded the Janus case.
What they don't want you to know is that the PSC has become stronger than ever, in defiance of their challenge. As of today, we have the highest percentage of membership in our history, 96% of full-time faculty and staff, and among the highest percentages of adjunct membership in the country. More than 500 people contacted the PSC in the week after the Janus decision to join or reaffirm their membership. If you have not yet reaffirmed your PSC membership by filling out the new, stronger membership card, click here now to do so.
Bob Bellafiore and those who pay him think you will be fooled into believing that you would be better off if you kept the modest amount you pay in union dues (about 1% of salary) than if you continued to pool that amount for the significant gains we achieve together. Download Union Membership Matters, a brochure about the gains we've made together as a union.
If you get an email from them, tell the PSC, mark it as spam and then delete it.