Meet Roland Roy (who goes by Roy), pastor and school bus driver in Prince George’s County, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C.
When Roy was hired as a school bus driver more than a decade ago, he automatically became a member of his AFSCME Local 2250, which represents Maryland school employees.
In the months leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, Roy’s union leaders explained that SEIU members needed to sign new membership cards to help bring important reforms to the union and show strength and unity.
Shortly after the Janus decision, which affirmed that mandatory union membership and dues in the public sector was a violation of the worker’s First Amendment rights, Roy heard about and contacted the Freedom Foundation for more information.
Roy asked for materials he could distribute to educate his coworkers, and set about on his own campaign to help as many of his friends and coworkers exercise their rights to leave the union and stop paying dues.
Roy and your Freedom Foundation continue to work together to help many more Maryland school employees keep more of their own money.
Watch Mr. Roy’s story here: