Josh Dunn, an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, joins EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss the oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court on Monday, February 26, in Janus v. AFSCME. The case “could overturn decades-old precedent and deal a potentially crippling blow to public sector unions.”
The case was brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois government employee. He argues that he should not be required to pay a fee to the public sector union he has chosen not to join. He sees the required agency fee as a violation of his First Amendment rights since the union takes positions he opposes, positions which he views as political.
Josh Dunn wrote about the oral arguments in the Janus case here.
The arguments come after a similar 2016 case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which Dunn discussed here.
– Education Next