Monday, February 26, 2018

The Supreme Court is poised to deal a sharp blow to the labor movement

Central to Janus v. AFSCME, a case the Supreme Court is hearing Monday, is the question of whether government employees who are covered by a union contract — but who are not members of the union — should have to contribute to the union’s costs for contract negotiations.

More broadly, though, the court will eventually decide whether to strike a significant blow to one of the few areas of strength for the wobbly labor movement — and, even more broadly, to a centerpiece of Democratic Party power in the United States.

Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, is suing AFSCME — the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees — in opposition to contributing to the union. Illinois is one of two dozen states that allow unions to charge “agency fees,” and Janus argues that those contributions are a violation of his right to free speech because the union takes actions with which he disagrees. (Those fees can’t be used for political purposes, but his attorneys argue that the lobbying efforts of the union broadly are political acts.) -Read More From The Washington Post Here...