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Membership in Some NY Unions Down Little After Janus Ruling

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that public-sector unions could no longer collect fees from non-members even if they benefited from the unions’ efforts, some predicted there would be a mass exodus of dues-paying members. But more than three months after that decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the Albany Public School Teachers Association (APSTA) has lost only a couple of its 974 members.

 

“I’m at 100 percent give or take a percent,” said APSTA President Laura Franz.

 

APSTA’s parent organization, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), has lost 200 members, but that’s out of a total of 450,000 statewide.

 

NYSUT spokesman Carl Korn said the union has been working for a while on convincing its members to stay in the union in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling. (GOVERNING)