Americans for Fair Treatment (AFFT)-Pennsylvania is a free, membership, non-profit organization designed to help public sector workers exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of coercion from unions. Since the June 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, our mission has become increasingly important: government workers are now free to exercise their right not to pay a union and still keep their jobs, but the process of resigning from a union, introducing new ideas for workplace support, and avoiding workplace intimidation all remain daunting. Just ask AFFT PA Director Keith Williams: in 2013, he successfully organized some 45 teachers in his school district to remove a fair share fee clause from his school district contract, but it was a prickly battle.
AFFT was founded in late 2014. In 2018, it expanded to include Free to Teach, which was previously an educator outreach project of the free-market Commonwealth Foundation. Our other project, Free to Serve, aims to educate, equip, and empower police, firefighters, and other government employees to exercise their rights and speak out for valuable workplace and union reforms they support. If you are a government worker who thinks independently, enjoys sharing ideas about how to serve the public, and likes to build community with similar-minded people, this is the place for you.