Janus, the Supreme Court, and Teachers’ Unions: An Overview
Complete Coverage of the Landmark Case
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.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court just dealt teachers' unions a heavy blow. Here's what you need to know.
Here are some key passages from the majority and dissenting opinions in the Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME.
We should be cheered by the 'Janus' ruling, but not because it weakens teachers’ unions, writes the Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey.
Teachers already make less than comparable employees, and the 'Janus' decision could make things worse, writes Celine McNicholas.
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.
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
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.
Teachers and other public-worker unions have long fought "right-to-work" advocates over collecting fees from nonmembers, spawning a string of legal precedents.
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.