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Janus and the Private Sector

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

In the grim aftermath of Janus v. AFSCME, discussion has focused on what the decision portends for agency fee agreements in the private sector. Given the cloud of doom that has descended on many of us, it’s not surprising that pessimism abounds. There is... More »

Preliminary Janus Summary

Published June 27th, 2018 -

Here’s a very quick summary based on an even quicker read of the Court’s Janus opinion which overrules Abood and holds that agency fees violate the First Amendment. The majority opinion by Justice Alito starts by reasoning that Abood was inconsistent “with sta... More »

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Could Originalism Save Public Sector Unions?

Published June 7th, 2018 -

Justice Gorsuch’s silence during the Janus oral argument generated considerable buzz.  Wishful (yet tentative) commentators hoped the silence was a sign that the new Justice’s originalism would lead him to uphold Abood.  To be sure, Justice Thomas, the Court’s... More »

Will the Court Consider the Facts in Janus?

Published February 28th, 2018 -

Mark Janus’s lawyers are desperate to have the Court decide Janus v. AFSCME without considering any facts.  Janus is an Illinois state employee, who is represented by AFSCME Council 31.  Like all other employees in his bargaining unit, he is required to pay fa... More »

Janus Should Lose, and the Justices Know It

Published January 31st, 2018 -

Most of the coverage of Janus v. AFSCME, like this recent piece in USA Today, simply (and perhaps correctly) assumes that the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court will use the case to overturn Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the 1977 case uphol... More »

Will the Supreme Court Ignore Pleading Rules in Janus?

Published September 7th, 2017 -

Many Court watchers think it is a foregone conclusion that the Supreme Court will grant the cert petition in Janus v. AFSCME, and then overturn the forty-year old decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. While I’m not willing to bet against that, it’s ... More »