The Trump administration sided against public employee unions Wednesday evening in a Supreme Court case that could deal the labor movement a crippling financial blow.
In a brief submitted in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the Office of Solicitor General sided with a child-support specialist for the state of Illinois who's challenging AFSCME's legal right to collect so-called "fair-share fees" from union nonmembers. Unions say such fees are necessary to cover collective bargaining
JANUS vs AFSCME...a soon to be decided Supreme Court case...has the potential to DISMANTLE unions nationwide, and if decided for JANUS its impact would be immediate.
The focus of the case is whether or not the employees who choose to be PARTIAL DUES PAYING MEMBERS of a bargaining unit (in the case of the NTU, the teachers aides and clerks), should be REQUIRED TO PAY AT ALL.
If the case determines that they do not, they would still benefit from the regular union services and the contract agreement becoming what is known as "free riders" to the union.