Reprinted from Public Services International on February 8, 2018. It is unattributed.
The case threatens to remove the right of public service unions to collect “fair-share” payments from workers who they represent in collective bargaining but who are not union members.
“They have set out an agenda to defund, demean and destabilize our unions,” said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.
“The dark money funders of this case are attacking us because we are fighting for a better life for working folks – they see this as a threat to their economic and political power. ”
The case began after republican Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner attempted to passed an executive order which courts then ruled illegitimate. Bankrolled by CEOs and billionaires, the forces behind Janus seek to weaken the freedom of public service workers to join together in strong unions. …