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The Janus case could mean the restoration of government workers’ constitutional right to free speech.
Government worker unions and their allies are preparing for a potential loss in Janus v. AFSCME, doing whatever they can to bolster union ranks. One example: House Bill 5309, which would privilege union status over the interests of other state government workers.
Government unions claim providing workers with a choice whether to pay fees to a union will result in "free riders" - but that claim is disingenuous.
Springfield native Mark Janus saw his case come before the U.S. Supreme Court for oral arguments Feb. 26.
A Janus victory would end forced fees for government workers nationwide.
For the last four decades, millions of government workers across the nation have faced an unfair decision: Pay fees to a union, or lose your job. But Janus v. AFSCME could restore government workers' constitutional rights to freedom of speech and association.
A solution to the union’s “free rider” claim is on the table. Why doesn’t it enjoy union support?
For four decades, government workers have been denied their First Amendment right to freedom of association, but that could change with a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2018.