June 6, 2017
With Trump tweets, British elections, and new terrorist attacks filling most of the cable news minutes and hours this week, it could easily go unnoticed that a child support specialist named Mark Janus has formally filed the request that his case, Janus v. AFSCME, be heard by the Supreme Court later this year.
It takes only four of the nine justices to agree that a case will be heard (that is to grant certiorari), and this case is highly likely to be taken up given the court’s recent history with the issue. The case, brought by attorneys from the Liberty Justice Center and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, challenges the forced collection of union dues and fees from government employees on First Amendment grounds. If successful, it would overturn a critical 1977 precedent that has sustained and enhanced the political power of government unions in the time since.