Mike Thulen Jr., was the president of AFSCME Local 3790. His personal experience with union fiscal mismanagement and obsessive partisan politics compelled him to exercise his right to opt out following the historic Janus Supreme Court ruling on June 27, 2018.
Mike’s fight isn’t over yet. Despite the Supreme Court decision, the rights of New Jersey public employees are still being undermined by the enactment of the union-fueled “Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act,” which limits a union member’s ability to resign from the union and end financial contributions to it to a 10 day window following the anniversary of their employment. Mike and several colleagues have filed a lawsuit to protect their constitutional rights from being impeded upon by restrictive windows.
“As someone who has personally committed my time and energy to stewarding my local union, I fully believe that unions can play a positive role in the workplace. We are simply asking that our labor leaders spend more time serving their members in that capacity rather than erecting arbitrary barriers meant to hold us hostage,” said Mike Thulen, Jr.
Mike has been working with My Pay My Say, to help inform public sector employees about their new rights. Read more about Mike’s story here.