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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Janus V. AFSCME Case Will Decide The Fate Of Labor Unions

Labor unions may be dealt a major blow in a Supreme Court case on mandatory labor union dues.
Mark Janus, an Illinois health care employee, has never joined the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union.
However, his paychecks are automated to pay union dues regardless, which is something Janus is not happy about.
“I work for Healthcare and Family Services and I’m forced to pay money to a union who then supports political causes that I don’t agree with,” stated Janus.
Janus believes that forced union dues violate his First Amendment right, a stance the president’s administration supports the plaintiff on.
On the other hand, if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Janus, the move could deal a major blow to the strength of public unions and the Democratic party.
Many labor and liberal-leaning organizations argue that a ruling in favor of Janus would prevent unions from being able to sustain themselves as many employees will continue to reap the benefits of union won contracts without paying dues.
Danica Alink, of McLean, Va., center, and Beth Feeley, of Wilmette, Illi., right, say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of a rally supporting Mark Janus, outside of the Supreme Court, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Washington. The Supreme Court takes up a challenge in a case that could deal a painful financial blow to organized labor. The court is considering a challenge to an Illinois law that allows unions representing government employees to collect fees from workers who choose not to join.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
They say in the larger scope that the decision can have ramifications, however, Janus does not see it that way.
“I just look at it as an average guy kind of standing up for his own rights of free speech, he explained. “Yes, it will have national repercussions, but I don’t look at it that I’m anybody special.”
There is a strong chance the court will rule in favor of stripping public unions of their power to bill non-union employees.
Back in 2015, the court nearly voted to overturn the rule, but the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia led to a four-to-four deadlock allowing the rules to stand.
The case arrives at court Monday, February 26.

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