New York and the Pending Janus Decision

The Story

The Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in a major labor-law case, Janus v. AFSCME. The case concerns the question of whether public employees such as teachers, sanitation workers, or subway conductors can opt out of paying fees to the unions that represent their workforce but which they have declined to join. If the Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, public-union power will be dealt a serious blow — and politics in New York City and State will feel the effects.  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Conflict: The relationship between public-sector unions and elected officials represents an inherent conflict of interest, since the unions negotiate contracts with the same people whom they contribute to for political campaigns. Read more.

  2. Empire: Nearly 15% of jobs in New York State are in the public sector, and three-quarters of those workers are unionized, which represents the highest level of public sector unionization in the nation. Read more.

  3. Cough It Up: Public employees in New York City pay an average of $1,000 annually in dues. Read more.

“If a worker is shy, intimidated, or neglectful, he could end up subsidizing speech he didn’t approve of.”

Daniel DiSalvo, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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Explainer Video

Daniel DiSalvo breaks down the wide-reaching implications of what will likely be one of the most consequential cases for public-sector unions in U.S. history.


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Tune into City Journal‘s 10 Blocks Podcast

Public Unions and the Janus Reckoning
with Brian C. Anderson and Daniel DiSalvo


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