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Janus v. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. It’s the case that has the education community fixated on the Supreme Court, wondering how a ruling for the plaintiff could impact the nation’s teachers unions.
We’ve been tracking the case for the better part of a year now, and have published more than a dozen primers on the key issues involved — and the potential implications for public employees.
Watch — Understanding Janus in 100 seconds:
The case, like two others that have reached the high court in recent years, pits unions, who say mandatory fees are necessary to prevent “free riders” from benefiting from union contracts, against dissenting members, who argue that being forced to pay dues violates their First Amendment rights. Janus once again raises the question of whether public employees must pay dues even if they disagree with their union’s political positions.
The Janus decisions is expected to be released over the next week — likely either this Thursday, the 21st, or next Monday, the 25th.
Ahead of the verdict, 13 important things to consider, regarding the stakes and fallout:
1. The Plaintiff — “Korman: Mark Janus Never Sued Anyone, So How Did He Become the Face of the Year’s Biggest Court Case Involving Unions?” Read the full analysis.
2. The Facts — “Janus v. AFSCME: 5 Things to Know About the Latest Union Dues Case Headed to the High Court.” Read the full analysis.
3. The Arguments — “Supreme Court Transcript: Read Monday’s Complete Janus v. AFSCME Arguments at the High Court.” Read the full transcript.
4. The Counterpoint — “Analysis: Teachers Unions Will Argue in Court That ‘Agency Fees’ Don’t Fund Political Activities. But They’re Saying Something Different to Members.” Read the full report.
5. The New Justice — “What SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Past Rulings on Education Cases Could Mean on the High Court.” Read the full analysis.
6. The Labor Landscape — “Labor in the Age of Janus: 6 Things to Keep in Mind About American Unions on the Eve of a Pivotal Supreme Court Ruling.” Read the full report.
7. The Political Stakes — “Bradford: Could the Supreme Court’s New Union Dues Case Liberate Reform-Minded Democrats to Do What’s Right for Kids?” Read the full column.
8. The Financial Stakes — “Exclusive: Ahead of a Key Supreme Court Decision, America’s Largest Teachers Union Slashes Budget by $50 Million, Projects That 300,000 Members May Leave.” Read the full report.
9. The Membership Stakes — “Analysis: How Will a Janus Ruling Impact Teachers and Unions in Each State? Data & Interactive Maps Tell the Story.” Read the full analysis.
10. Is the Future of Labor Local? — “If Janus Ruling Means Teachers No Longer Have to Join Unions, Will Breaking Away From State and National Affiliates Be a Way to Save Local Membership?” Read the full article.
11. Will Unions Have to Compete for Members? — “Analysis: Janus Ruling Could Force Unions to Compete for Members.” Read the full analysis.
12. After Union Dues, a Fight Over Collective Bargaining? — “It’s Not Just Union Dues, It’s Collective Bargaining: Looking to States That Banned Them as Post-Janus Crystal Ball.” Read the full analysis.
13. After Janus, the Next Court Case — “After Janus, Another Key Lawsuit Targeting Unions: How California’s Yohn Case Targets Opt-Out Rules.” Read the full report.
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