Should government employees have to pay money to a union just to keep their jobs?
That’s the question we’re asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide in Janus v. AFSCME.
Together with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, we represent Mark Janus, a child-support specialist who works for the State of Illinois and has been forced to pay thousands of dollars to a union just to be allowed to do the work he loves. He’s asking the Court to declare that forcing him to pay union fees violates his First Amendment rights of free speech and free association.
The case presents an opportunity for the Supreme Court to give Mark Janus and all government workers – not just in Illinois, but across the country – the freedom to choose whether to give their money to a union.
Mark Janus learned about public service from a young age, growing up as a Boy Scout in Springfield, Illinois. He eventually became an Eagle Scout. And he’s passed along his knowledge to young men and women from the state’s capital while leading Scouting trips to Florida.
But Janus’ public service doesn’t end with merit badges and camping trips. It extends to his career. And it’s because of this that he now finds himself at the center of a historic Supreme Court case with implications for millions of workers like him. Read more
First Amended Complaint (June 1, 2015)
Exhibits to First Amended Complaint (June 1, 2015)
Second Amended Complaint (July 21, 2016)
District court decision (September 16, 2016)
Plaintiffs' Seventh Circuit brief (November 21, 2016)
AFSCME's Seventh Circuit brief (December 21, 2016)
Plaintiffs' Seventh Circuit reply brief (January 4, 2017)
Seventh Circuit decision (March 21, 2017)
U.S. Supreme Court petition for certiorari (June 6, 2017)
U.S. Supreme Court merits brief (November 29, 2017)
U.S. Supreme Court joint appendix (November 29, 2017)
Mark Janus is represented by attorneys from the Liberty Justice Center and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. The Liberty Justice Center’s lead attorney on the case is Jacob Huebert. For more information, or to schedule an interview with Jacob about the case, contact Diana Rickert at 773-809-4403 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.