JANUS V. AFSCME IS ABOUT RESTORING WORKERS' FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
Imagine having to pay a middleman in order to go to work. Pay up – or find another job.
That’s the reality for more than 5 million government workers in 22 states, including Illinois, Minnesota, New York and California. Teachers, child support specialists, prison workers, police, firefighters and other government employees are forced to pay money to highly political government unions in order to pursue careers in public service.
Why? Because governments in these states have granted public sector unions the power to exclusively represent and take money from these government employees. These unions have the power to speak for and take money away from government workers, regardless of whether these workers want union representation or support the unions’ policy positions.
This is wrong, and it's a gross violation of government workers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association.
That’s what the Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, is all about. It’s time to restore workers' rights. Every government worker should be able to choose for himself or herself which organizations to support with his or her hard-earned money.
The lead plaintiff, Mark Janus, is a child-support specialist who works for the State of Illinois and has been forced to pay thousands of dollars to a union just to be allowed to do the work he loves. Learn more about Mark Janus and his story.
Janus v. AFSCME, Explained | Manhattan Institute
This video was produced by Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, featuring senior fellow Daniel DiSalvo.
First Amended Complaint (June 1, 2015)
Exhibits to First Amended Complaint (June 1, 2015)
Second Amended Complaint (July 21, 2016)
District court decision (September 16, 2016)
Plaintiffs' Seventh Circuit brief (November 21, 2016)
AFSCME's Seventh Circuit brief (December 21, 2016)
Plaintiffs' Seventh Circuit reply brief (January 4, 2017)
Seventh Circuit decision (March 21, 2017)
U.S. Supreme Court petition for certiorari (June 6, 2017)
U.S. Supreme Court merits brief (November 29, 2017)
U.S. Supreme Court joint appendix (November 29, 2017)