| Updated: June 27, 2018

Janus, the Supreme Court, and Teachers’ Unions: An Overview

Complete Coverage of the Landmark Case


Facebook Twitter Addthis

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major blow to teachers' unions, ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 that teachers in about half of states do not have to pay "agency" or "shop" fees if they're not union members.


The case centers around Mark Janus, an Illinois health-care worker arguing that he should not be forced to pay monthly union fees to keep his job. The Supreme Court ruling means that teachers’ unions will lose out on a major source of revenue, and will likely see a big dip in membership as well.


The case has pitted teachers from two points of view against each other: those who think unions benefit all workers and those who resent having to pay fees to an entity they feel does not represent them.


Get caught up on the case by reading some of our coverage below.








Supreme Court Deals Unions a Stinging Defeat in Janus Case

Supreme Court Deals Unions a Stinging Defeat in Janus Case

June 27, 2018

Teacher and other public employee unions can’t collect agency fees from nonmembers, the court ruled in the Janus case, a decision that could hurt unions' revenue and membership numbers.









7 Things to Know About the Supreme Court Decision That Just Slammed Teachers' Unions

7 Things to Know About the Supreme Court Decision That Just Slammed Teachers' Unions

June 27, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court just dealt teachers' unions a heavy blow. Here's what you need to know.









What the Supreme Court Justices Say: Quotes From the 'Janus' Ruling

What the Supreme Court Justices Say: Quotes From the 'Janus' Ruling

June 27, 2018

Here are some key passages from the majority and dissenting opinions in the Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME.









The Janus Ruling: What Happens Now?

The Janus Ruling: What Happens Now?

June 27, 2018

How does the Supreme Court ruling on unions affect teachers? Our experts explain.









Why the Court's Ruling Against Mandatory Union Dues Is a Good Thing
Commentary

Why the Court's Ruling Against Mandatory Union Dues Is a Good Thing

June 27, 2018

We should be cheered by the 'Janus' ruling, but not because it weakens teachers’ unions, writes the Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey.









The Court's Decision on Union Dues Will Have Profound Consequences
Commentary

The Court's Decision on Union Dues Will Have Profound Consequences

June 27, 2018

Teachers already make less than comparable employees, and the 'Janus' decision could make things worse, writes Celine McNicholas.









To Stem Likely Membership Losses, Teachers' Unions Play Offense

To Stem Likely Membership Losses, Teachers' Unions Play Offense

June 14, 2018

The Supreme Court is poised to deliver a blow to the teachers' unions any day now—and labor groups are trying to get ahead of it by pushing controversial state bills.









Are Teachers' Unions on the Brink of Demise?

Are Teachers' Unions on the Brink of Demise?

February 14, 2018

With the Janus case looming before the Supreme Court, teachers' unions are knocking on doors to try to boost membership and mitigate financial loss.









Case Over Union Fees Poised on Knife's Edge at Supreme Court

Case Over Union Fees Poised on Knife's Edge at Supreme Court

March 6, 2018

A deep split apparent at the oral arguments makes it even more likely that Justice Neil M. Gorsuch will end up being the tie-breaker on whether public employee unions can collect fees from nonmembers.









A Primer on the Supreme Court Case That Teachers' Unions Have Been Fearing

September 28, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a case on public-employee union fees that could potentially deliver a harsh blow to the nation's teachers' unions. Here's what you need to know.





Parties Gird for Supreme Court Showdown Over Union Fees

February 8, 2018

Teachers and other public-worker unions have long fought "right-to-work" advocates over collecting fees from nonmembers, spawning a string of legal precedents.




Randi Weingarten on Janus: 'It Will Be a Bumpy Ride' for Unions

Randi Weingarten on Janus: 'It Will Be a Bumpy Ride' for Unions

May 22, 2018

Education Week sat down with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten for a conversation about the recent wave of teacher activism and how the unions are preparing for the Janus decision.










Related Reading: