Supreme Court of the United States is hearing oral arguments today in an Illinois-based case.
Mark Janus is a state employee. He sued his local branch of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. While AFSCME represents the vast majority of his co-workers, Janus opted out and isn’t a member of the union. Janus believes that he shouldn’t have to pay dues, because he’s not a member. The union says some fees are necessary—even for non-members—because it bargains on behalf of all employees, including Janus.
Prof. Dan Hemel from University of Chicago Law School helps Morning Shift understand both sides of the argument, and what’s at stake for unions in Illinois and across the country.
Prof. Dan Hemel, University of Chicago