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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31
Citation:138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018)
The Illinois Public Labor Relations Act provides that public employees do not need to join the union, but whether they join or not, they must subsidize a union by paying agency fee, and that union is considered to be their sole permitted representative. Such union is vested with broad authority and has the power to negotiate on not only pay, wages, hours, but policy matters. This results in the less power on employees, who may not be represented by any agent other than the designated union or negotiate directly with their employer. Essentially, protection of employees’ interests is solely placed in the hands of the union.
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