The American Federation of Teachers has lost 76,000 members over the last year, a 4% decline for the now-1.7 million member union, one of the largest covering public sector workers. The decline has translated to $18 million loss in dues revenue for the union.
In a recent Labor Department filing, the union reported just 3,000 “agency fee” payers, down from more than 85,000 the previous year. Agency fee payers are people who not members of a union but are covered by a collective bargaining contract which requires them to pay a union a regular fee. Janus said public sector workers can no longer be forced to pay those fees.
“We lost them all with the stroke of a pen,” an AFT official told the Washington Examiner. The remaining agency fee payers are all at private-sector schools, the official said. The Janus ruling doesn’t cover private-sector employment.