In a major victory for First Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Janus v. AFSCME that non-union government workers cannot be required to pay union fees as a condition of working in public service. This landmark case restores the First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of association to more than five million public school teachers, first responders and other government workers across the country.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME on Feb. 26, 2018. In this case, the Liberty Justice Center and National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation are representing plaintiff Mark Janus, a child support specialist for state government in Illinois. Janus’ attorneys have asked the High Court to restore the First Amendment rights of public workers and end the practice of requiring these American workers to pay money to a government union as a condition of employment.
Washington, DC (Nov. 29, 2017) – Today, attorneys for Illinois public servant Mark Janus filed the first merits brief in the Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME. The brief asks the High Court to recognize that the First Amendment protects public workers from being required to make payments to union officials as a condition of working for their own government.