What the Supreme Court’s Janus decision means for unions and workers

Union signs adorn the windows of a home in Dubuque, Iowa, U.S. March 29, 2018. Picture taken March 29. 2018. REUTERS/Tim Reid - RC11E756E7F0

In this episode of Intersections, Vanessa Williamson and Elizabeth Mann Levesque review the Supreme Court’s ruling on Janus v. AFSCME, which bars public sector unions from collecting “fair share” or “agency” fees from non-union members to offset collective bargaining costs. Levesque and Williamson put the Janus case in the context of “right-to-work” legislation, the decline of private sector unions, and the recent wave of teachers’ strikes to assess how the decision will affect public sector unions in the short term and future of unions’ economic and political power more broadly.

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With thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo, Chris McKenna, Brennan Hoban, and Fred Dews for additional support.

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