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What Was the the Supreme Court?s Janus Case About?

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What Was the the Supreme Court?s Janus Case About?

06.24.19 10:46 AM

For millions of Americans like Mark Janus, it means finally having a say over the use of the money they earned. Each paycheck, government workers in many states would notice that some of their hard-earned money was deducted for union dues. It didn’t matter whether they had joined a union — they still had to pay up. That money would be used by the union to pay for political activities — even if the workers funding this activity disagreed with its message. Unions insisted that the agency fees paid by workers went solely to fund regular union activities, and not political speech. Of course, that assertion neglects the fact that all union activity — bargaining with the government for, say, salaries and benefits — is inherently political, as it advocates for the government to change policies or pass legislation. In short, this was compelled speech. Since the Janus case, more and more workers have discovered that their First Amendment rights afford them the ability to join and leave their resident unions as they wish. They are now in control of their own paychecks, too — a right protected by the Supreme Court’s ruling. That said, there’s still a long way […]

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