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Supreme Court to hear case challenging union dues.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Sept. 28 that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging the constitutionality of any requirement that public
employees pay dues or fees to the unions that represent them.


The case gets its name from Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Like Oregon, Washington, and 19 other states that recognize public employees’ right to collective bargaining, Illinois doesn’t require represented workers to
join the union, but it requires non-members to pay “fair share” fees to the union to cover the costs of negotiating and enforcing the union contract.
Janus objects to that requirement. With attorneys from the anti-union National Right to Work Foundation, he filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the
fair share requirement violates his First Amendment rights.

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