What the Janus Decision Means for New York

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The Supreme Court has ruled in the Janus case that unions cannot require public employees to pay agency fees to the unions that represent government workers. The decision is a victory for the right of free speech and free association and will have significant implications for politics across New York, where public-employee unions exercise enormous power. In response, it’s likely that New York government and the unions will work vigorously to come up with ways to block their workers from exercising their freedom of choice.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Conflict: Elected officials face a conflict of interest in their dealings with public-sector unions: as candidates, they raise money from these same entities, with whom they will later negotiate labor contracts. Read more.

  2. Deep: Three-quarters of New York State’s public employees are unionized, the highest level of public-sector unionization in the nation. Read more.

  3. Blocked: New York State has already passed a new law meant to restrict the freedom of public-sector workers to opt out of paying union fees. Read more.

“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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