The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed your right to opt out of your union and the mandatory payments, which means public employees can no longer be forced to financially support a union that they do not want to be a member of. Learn about your rights under Janus, and check out the explainer video above for more information on the issue. Get answers to frequently asked questions like, “Will I be fired?” and more on our FAQ page.
What is Janus v. AFSCME?
In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no public employee in the country can be forced to pay dues or fees to a union. This affirms a constitutional right for millions of government employees nationwide. You have the right to keep your hard-earned money; to stop paying money to a union and learn about your rights visit MyPayMySay.com
About the Video Janus vs. AFSCME: A Short Explainer
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the biggest court case you’ve probably never heard of – Janus vs. AFSCME. Mark Janus is a state employee in Illinois who was forced to pay money to AFSCME, the union representing him.
But Mark doesn’t want their representation. He says the union supports political positions he disagrees with and has helped drive the state of Illinois towards bankruptcy. The state’s debt prevents it from delivering core services to help the poor and disadvantaged and the union is an obstacle to real reform.
AFSCME says employees don’t have to officially join, but they do need to pay “fair share fees” – equaling about $600 per year on average. It says the union takes positions that help the majority of its membership.
The court decided that forcing Mark Janus to pay any money to the union – a private political organization – is a violation of his free speech rights. But this case isn’t just about Mark – the court ruling means that no public employee in the country can be forced to pay dues or fees to a union. This affirms a constitutional right for millions of government employees nationwide, meaning you have the right to keep your hard-earned money.