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One Year Anniversary Of The Janus Decision
A Nationwide Political Knockout Punch Against Big Unions
By: Brian Harrington
June 2019 marks the one year anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that is threatening the very core of the political influence of public employee unions. The core of that influence, as it always is, is money.
Public employee unions have two tiers of membership, full dues paying members and “agency-fee” payers. In states that do not have right to work legislation, public employees who did not want to join the union were still required to pay “agency-fees” because they were benefiting from the results of the collective bargaining.
Janus v. AFSCME in 2018 on a 5-4 vote decided that requiring non union members to pay “agency-fees” in the public sector was a violation of the first amendment.
The plaintiff, Mark Janus, worked for the Illinois Department of Healthcare Services. His “agency-fees” (that are supposed to just cover the cost of collective bargaining since he didn’t want to join the union) were 78% of the full union dues.
The core of the argument coming from Janus is that a portion of the money he was paying into the public employee union was still being used for political speech by the union that he did not agree with.
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