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5 Things You Should Know About Janus v. AFSCME

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5 Things You Should Know About Janus v. AFSCME

02.23.18 11:16 AM

On Monday, February 26, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in a landmark worker freedom case,*Janus v. AFSCME. This case will decide the constitutionality of current law in Illinois and 21 other states that forces government workers to pay union dues. Here are five things you should know about this important case ahead of oral arguments: Who Is Mark Janus of*Janus v. AFSCME? Mark Janus works as a child support specialist for the state of Illinois. He is challenging the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union, over the requirement that he pay the union or risk being fired. Janus was never asked if he wanted to be represented by AFSCME when he began working for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Instead, union fees were automatically deducted from his paycheck. Janus felt AFSCME did not represent his views, so he filed a lawsuit which is about to be reviewed by the Supreme Court. What Is This Case About? This case is about worker freedom. It challenges current law which forces government workers to pay union dues, infringing on their guaranteed First Amendment right to free speech and free association. Are Mandatory […]

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