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On the last day of its 2017-2018 term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus vs. AFSCME that public employee unions can no longer collect agency fees from non-members. Clint Bolick, an associate justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss why the U.S. Supreme Court felt it was necessary to overrule a decision from the 1970s allowing agency fees.
Only 25% of the public favor collecting union dues from non-members.
When it comes to agency fees, the nays have it by a clear majority. No less than 56% of the general public and 54% of public school teachers are opposed.
EdStat: Following the Janus Supreme Court Decision, Unions in 22 States Can No Longer Collect Agency Fees
Six states had already passed right-to-work legislation removing unions’ rights to assess agency fees.
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EdStat: In the Five Years After Right-to-Work Reform, Union-Dues Revenue per Teacher Decreased by $316 in Wisconsin
These figures suggest that, in right-to-work states, teachers unions lost power not only in numbers, but also in terms of dollar resources.
EdStat: In the Five Years Following Right-to-Work Reform in Wisconsin, the National Education Association (NEA) Affiliate Lost Approximately 52 Percent of its Members
During the same period of time, trends in agency-shop states remained stable.
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