Janus v. AFSCME on Mandatory Fees to Public Sector Unions
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Public-sector unions—such as those for firefighters and public school teachers who work for state governments—have been authorized by law in several states to compel the payment of service fees from non-members, a practice upheld by a long-standing precedent of the Supreme Court. Recent challenges argue that forced payments are the equivalent of coerced speech, forcing state employees to fund political positions they oppose, in violation of the First Amendment. The Court’s ruling limiting the power of unions will lead to important changes in labor relations as well as in the constitutional law of free speech.