Stand with Rebecca

For Mark Janus and Worker Freedom

In Our Own Voices

Bruce, Barb, Rebecca, and Ryan share why teachers should be free to choose.

I know how Mark Janus feels…

When I took up the cause for worker freedom, I never thought it was controversial. Every American should be free to choose – without fear or coercion – whether or not to join or fund a union.

But union leaders disagree. They’ve bullied me my entire career as an elementary school teacher serving children for three decades. During my lawsuit to free American workers from union abuse, I was attacked in the press, mocked as a clown, called “spawn of Satan, ”and characterized as a freeloader and pawn of wealthy corporate interests by the very unions I was forced to fund.

Like me, Mark’s fight for fairness is being twisted by union leaders who exploit workers to amass more power through the billions they forcibly take from our paychecks.

Now it’s Mark who is being vilified by union bullies. A nice guy – an Eagle Scout – Mark says his case, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26, is an example of “an average guy … fighting for his rights of free speech.”

His fight is our fight.

Unions, like all bullies, depend on the fear and silence of their victims.

We will not be silenced any longer. We will not be victims.

That’s why all those who stood with me in my fight, are now standing with Mark.

Join us! #StandWithRebecca standing with Mark Janus!

 

Founding President
For Kids & Country
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

Mark is forced to pay a union just to be a public servant.

Mark Janus: In His Own Words

His Voice, His Choice

I’m Mark Janus. I’m the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME.

I’m a child support specialist. I love my job. Serving others is part of who I am. But, I’m also one of millions of American workers forced to support a government union — which automatically deducts money from my paycheck — as a condition of employment.

This is a gross violation of my First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of association. So I’ve asked the U.S. Supreme Court to end this practice.

I’m not anti-union. I don’t begrudge anyone who wants to form a union, or be part of a union. But it’s unfair and unconstitutional to force me – and millions of other American workers – to pay for union politics just so we can serve our communities.

Summary of Mark's Case

Our Voice, Our Choice

Putting Students and Community over Union Interests

Larry Sand

Like so many others, Larry Sand was subsidizing teachers unions’ and their political agenda, believing all along that he had no choice in the matter. In his 24th year as a teacher, he learned that…

Jade Thompson

While there are countless examples of people being forced to fund union activities in direct opposition to their own beliefs – i.e. pro-life advocates forced to watch their money support pro-choice…

Greg Hartnett

Greg Hartnett passionately believes in giving to others. A teacher in Pennsylvania’s Homer-Center School District, the father of five has taught art for two decades and devoted 14 years of his life…

Karen Cuen

In the backward logic that rules government unions, workers are not only forced to join state and national organizations that claim to fight for their freedom, but are also compelled to financially…

Standing Together

For Freedom and Friends

Terry Bowman, Mark, and Rebecca agree with Thomas Jefferson: “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Meet Terry