Specter Of Janus Has Unions Preparing For The Worst

Law360 (May 10, 2018, 7:33 PM EDT) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly poised to strike a blow against public-sector unions’ ability to collect so-called agency fees to cover the costs of collective bargaining, unions and their supporters have already embarked on internal outreach campaigns to convert fee payers to dues-paying members and pursued legislation to curb services for "free riders."

The appeal, lodged by Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services employee Mark Janus, is the latest in a string of cases that have challenged the high court’s landmark 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education decision. That ruling allowed public employers to require nonunion workers in...

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