On Thursday, September 28th, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging compulsory union dues. If Janus is successful, the Court could restore teacher’s First Amendment rights and declare compulsory dues unconstitutional in all fifty states by next June.
This is a significant milestone in the fight for worker freedom. Janus could be one of the most influential cases before the Court this year. CIR has been working to restore the rights of teachers – first with Friedrichs v. CTA and now with Yohn v. CTA – and Janus could be a big boost to our efforts.
A victory in Janus will propel our efforts in Yohn v. CTA, CIR’s case challenging the burdensome opt-out provisions that unions impose on their members. A victory in each case will be a crucial step in making sure that teachers and other public employees can decide for themselves, and on their own terms, whether to support a union.
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