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Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
Citation:138 S.Ct. 2438 (2018)
Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsidize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bargaining and related activities. Here, the nonmembers were told that they had to pay for lobbying, social and recreational activities, advertising, membership meeting and conventions and litigation as well as other, unspecified services that may ultimately inure to the benefit of the members of the local bargaining unit. Petitioner Mark Janus is employed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services as a child support specialist. Janus refused to join the Union because he opposes many of the public policy positions that its advocates. Under his unit’s collective-bargaining agreement, he was required to pay an agency fee of $44.58 per month.
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