Jun 27, 2018

Supreme Court Rules on Janus vs AFSCME

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court made a ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME, a case concerning the right of labor unions to collect agency fees. The court ruled 5-4 that it is unconstitutional to require government employees to pay “agency fees” which provide essential funds to the unions that represent them. As unions are legally obligated to represent all workers in a bargaining unit, this case was a clear attempt to diminish the resources and power of labor leaders across the nation.

“We have been waiting for the Supreme Court to deliver this decision. While we recognize that the ruling will cause some difficulties for our union brothers and sisters around the country, we are confident knowing that NAGE members voluntarily signed up to be with us. We know that our members are smart enough to value the benefits that their union provides to them, and that they would make the choice not to jeopardize their voices in the workplace,” said NAGE National President David J. Holway.  

“NAGE members are smart; they recognize the positive impact the union makes on their professional and personal lives. We have faith in our resources and the strides we make every day to improve the lives of our members,” said NAGE National Executive Vice President Theresa McGoldrick.

We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can't have both. - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
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