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Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 News and Opinion Update

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this past Monday, February 26th, for the Janus versus AFSCME Council 31. The Court is expected to issue a decision on the case, which involves public sector unions ability to collect fair-share fees, in June 2018.

A summary of arguments presented before the Court can be founds here (NY Times), and a full transcript is here [PDF].

2/26/2018 - How today’s big Supreme Court case on public-sector unions could lead to a fiscal crisis (Washington Post)
“With Justice Neil M. Gorsuch now on the bench, many expect the court to declare that mandatory union fees for workers who are not union members violate the First Amendment because they compel such workers to underwrite speech with which they might disagree. This could impact the pensions of millions of state employees.”

02/26/2018 - Five Ways Unions Are Helping You Right Now… Even If You’re Not a Member (Medium, BlueGreen Alliance)
“Janus v. AFSCME is a case that is designed to dramatically reduce dues and starve unions that are representing workers at the bargaining table. The Janus case is being pushed by some big corporations and CEOs as part of their well-funded attacks against collective bargaining. And, if the lower court ruling is overturned by the Supreme Court, it could have huge implications for your future… even if you’re not a union member.”

02/26/2018 - Editorial: We Must All Live With Mitch McConnell’s Proudest Moment (NY Times)
A recap of the events leading to Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, which has all but guaranteed the overturning of forty years of precedent and a conservative majority on the Court for years to come.

2/26/2018 - Supreme Court Janus case is bigger than unions. Upward mobility is at stake (USAToday)
“The case before the Supreme Court on Monday threatens the freedom of millions of Americans working in the public sector to bargain for decent pay, better benefits and a voice in their workplace. But the court's decision won’t just affect government employees. Unions help boost equality and build our nation’s middle class.”

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