Courthouse Steps: Janus v. AFSCME Decided

Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Teleforum

Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was decided on June 17 in a ruling in favor of . In this important case, the Supreme Court determined that it is constitutional for public sector unions to require all employees to pay union fees regardless of their membership under the First Amendment. The ruling in Janus also clarified that the Court’s decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education to uphold these requirements will remain good law. 

On June 27, the Supreme Court overturned Abood, and ruled in favor of pettitioner. Justice Alito wrote the Majority opinion with the Court split 5-4. Justices Kagan and Sotomayor, both wrote dissenting opinions. 

Ray J. LaJeunesse of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation joins us to discuss the outcome of this important decision.



Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr., Vice President and Legal Director, National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation, Inc.


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