Janus v. AFSCME is a lawsuit filed by Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee. The suit challenges the authority of AFSCME and other public-sector employee unions to collect fair-share fees from all employees they represent.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus’ favor on June 27, making the entire public sector “right-to-work” in one fell swoop.
Janus is the culmination of decades of attacks on working people by corporations and the wealthy – and the politicians who do their bidding – to rig the economy in their favor. The forces behind this case are the same forces that have pushed to limit voting rights, undermine civil rights and attack immigrants.
Their goal with Janus is no secret. They want to use the Supreme Court to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions, because unions give workers power in numbers to speak up for themselves, their families and their communities.
Here are some resources on the case, what happens when right-to-work-style laws takeover a state and a backgrounder on groups to watch for in a post-Janus world.
> Janus case
> Janus resources