Janus: One Year Later
Last year’s Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case established the right of public employees not to join a union or be required to pay “agency fees.” Janus was feared by the unions, and rightly so, as rosters have declined. Public-sector unions will have to commit themselves to organizing if they want to grow, but absent the power to compel fee payment, their future growth may be limited.
The Facts You Need to Know
Agency: Almost all New York City public-sector unions have seen a significant decline in agency fee collection post-Janus. Read more.
Members: Local unions are fudging their membership numbers by including retirees and non-paying employees in their counts. Read more.
Join: Public-employee union membership is at a four-decade low, nationally. Read more.
“Janus creates a right-to-work environment for all state and local government employment across the country.”
"Recent polling, meanwhile, has shown public employees largely still aren’t aware of their right to stop paying a union," writes Ken Girardin in his recent analysis of union membership numbers #Janus https://t.co/OIuY07GZkQ pic.twitter.com/WbClU5Gq61— Empire Center (@empirecenter) August 1, 2019
The Past is Present
“In the wake of the Janus court decision against them earlier this year, government labor groups are spending heavily on political campaigns.”
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