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Using History to See the Glass Part Full in Janus v. AFSCME

Using History to See the Glass Part Full in Janus v. AFSCME

Janus v. AFSCME will soon decide the constitutional fate of fair-share fees for public sector unions. These fees support unions’ collective bargaining work on behalf of employees they are legally required to represent but who are not union members. Most prognosticators expect the Supreme Court to hand the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF) a win on its claim that such fees violate the First Amendment rights of non-union workers. Yet, as I develop further below, the history that led to Janus offers three thin rays of hope to the labor movement.

Janus Amicus: Ben Sachs

Janus Amicus: Ben Sachs

An amicus filed on Friday in Janus and based on Ben's new article Agency Fees and the First Amendment, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1046 urges the Court to reject Janus's challenge on the ground that it does not raise a valid First Amendment claim.  The amicus argues that...

AFSCME’s Brief in Janus

AFSCME’s Brief in Janus

AFSCME filed its response brief in Janus last week.  It defends Abood's distinction between collective bargaining and lobbying as doctrinally sound and makes a number of other arguments. Jurisdiction AFSCME first argues that the Court lacks subject matter...