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Post-Janus, N.Y. legislation favors public-sector unions

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By James Holahan and Theresa E. Rusnak, Esqs., Bond, Schoeneck & King

Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, decided not to join the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the union that represents his public sector co-workers. Under Illinois law, however, Janus was still required to pay fees to the union. Those fees are known as “fair-share” fees. The fee for nonmembers was approximately 78% of the full union dues. In Janus’ case, that came to $23.48 per pay period.

Objecting to paying, Janus sued, and on June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor. The court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME struck down as unconstitutional the Illinois fair share law and similar state laws, including New York’s.

Proactive legislation

This decision could be devastating for New York public-sector unions. New York’s government workforce has become increasingly unionized since public sector collectiv...(register to read more)

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