Janus v. AFSCME

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Law & Courts High Court Declines Appeals From Teachers Seeking Union-Fee Refunds Based on 'Janus' Case
The justices refused several appeals that sought to revive bids for refunds of years of collective-bargaining fees by union objectors.
Mark Walsh, January 25, 2021
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Education Courts Rejecting Claims for Refunds of Pre-'Janus' Teachers' Union Fees
A third federal appeals court says non-members who object to union fees may not recoup money collected before the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in "Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31."
Mark Walsh, February 27, 2020
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Teaching Profession Post 'Janus,' Nation's Largest Teachers' Union Sees Signs of Membership Decline
The National Education Association has lost about 17,000 members since April, according to a report by The 74 Million.
Madeline Will, October 25, 2018
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School Choice & Charters Principals' Union to Go After New Members in Charter Schools Post-Janus
The initiative comes at a time when unions are anticipating steep membership and funding losses as a result of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME. The mostly non-unionized charter school sector could be an area for expansion.
Arianna Prothero, July 30, 2018
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Teaching Profession Commentary For Teachers' Unions to Survive, It's Time to Go Positive for Students
Whether Janus will be a death blow or a turning point for unions depends on what they do now, writes Paul Reville.
Paul Reville, July 26, 2018
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Education Opinion Straight Up Conversation: Nat Malkus on What's Next for Teachers' Unions After Janus
Today, I chat with Nat Malkus, who's been tracking the implications of Janus v. AFSCME. He discusses how important parts of the decision might have gotten lost amid the fevered early coverage.
Rick Hess, July 12, 2018
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American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks at a news conference in Washington late last year.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks at a news conference in Washington late last year.
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Teaching Profession Commentary The Right-Wing Assault on Teachers' Unions Won't Win. It Only Makes Us Angrier
The Janus ruling and subsequent attempts to "defang" unions offer opportunities as well as threats, writes AFT President Randi Weingarten.
Randi Weingarten, July 11, 2018
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Educators and union leaders gather in Minneapolis for the second day of the National Education Association’s representative assembly.
Educators and union leaders gather in Minneapolis for the second day of the National Education Association’s representative assembly.
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Law & Courts After Supreme Court Blow, Defiant Union Looks Ahead
Despite leaders' messages of defiance and solidarity, reminders of the Supreme Court's recent decision to abolish agency fees—and its financial implications for teachers' unions—were everywhere at the National Education Association's yearly convention.
Madeline Will, July 10, 2018
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NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, middle, poses with teachers after a Phoenix #RedForEd rally in April.
NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, middle, poses with teachers after a Phoenix #RedForEd rally in April.
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Teaching Profession Commentary Stop Writing That Obituary for Teachers' Unions. We're Not Going Anywhere
In the face of well-funded opposition to organized labor, teachers will not be silenced, writes NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
Lily Eskelsen García, July 10, 2018
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Teaching Profession After Janus Ruling, Teachers Are Suing for Return of Fees They've Paid Their Unions
"This lawsuit will enable teachers like me to recover the agency fees that we were wrongly forced to pay against our will," said one of the plaintiffs.
Sarah Schwartz, July 3, 2018
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Teaching Profession NEA President: We Will Fight the 'Drop Your Membership' Campaigns, Post Janus
NEA President Lily Eskelsen García sat down with Education Week to talk about how the nation's largest teachers' union is bracing for the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision.
Madeline Will, July 1, 2018
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Teaching Profession The Largest Teachers' Union Predicts a 14 Percent Membership Loss Over Two Years
The National Education Association's proposed two-year budget reflects a hard new reality after an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling. Here's what's inside it.
Madeline Will, July 1, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Why Charter School Teachers Should Care About the Janus Decision
The local union's ability to negotiate a decent deal on behalf of teachers pretty directly pressures charters to fall in line and stay competitive. It that power goes away, charter school teachers who have benefited from this unspoken relationship are likely to feel the difference as much or more than their district counterparts.
Ariel Sacks, June 29, 2018
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Teaching Profession What's Ahead for Teachers' Unions? A Labor Expert Explains 'Janus' Impact
Education Week spoke to researcher Bradley Marianno about the consequences of the Janus decision and what we can expect to see with teachers' unions in the months and years ahead.
Madeline Will, June 29, 2018
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