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Worker’s Rights

Workers’ rights

No government worker can be required to pay money to a government union as a condition of working in public service.

The Issue at a Glance: Your voice, your dollars

If you work for a public school district, city hall, a state agency, another government body – or any other kind of local, state, or federal government entity – you have the right to decide whether you want to join a union at your workplace. If you decide union membership isn’t for you, then you are not obligated to pay the union at your workplace any kind of dues or fees, and you have the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME to back you up on that.

The decision to join or financially support a union is an important and deeply personal one for anyone who takes a government job. Before deciding whether union membership is right for you, it is important to know what’s at stake and what rights you have.

The Facts

Liberty Justice Center represented Mark Janus all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect his right to spend his money how he wants. Mark and other government workers have the right to decide to be involved with a union or not.

What’s Next?

Despite the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming union membership as optional for public workers, and that public workers must give informed consent before joining their union, thousands of public workers are not being given the right to choose.

Liberty Justice Center is actively seeking public workers who were not told they had a right not to join and pay a union.

You have Janus rights!

 You have rights! Click here to learn 6 things every public sector employee should know when they take a government job. These are called your “Janus rights.”

Are you a public sector employee having trouble leaving your union? Were you pressured into joining a union? The Liberty Justice Center can help.

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‘Excessive Engagement in Politics’ Causing Mass Exodus From Nation’s Largest Labor Unions: Analysts – The Epoch Times

According to a survey of 3,000 potential union members conducted in 2021, “excessive engagement in politics is the number one obstacle” preventing them from joining a union


Appeals panel says states can make lawyers join the bar based on ‘undermined’ law, but SCOTUS might say ‘no’ – Cook County Record

The appeals court said membership helps uphold standards in the legal profession. However, the court noted the U.S. Supreme Court, in light of its recent decisions, might rule against the state of Wisconsin if the case is presented to it.


UMass law professor sues to end Massachusetts law giving unions ‘exclusive representation’

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth law professor Richard Peltz-Steele filed a federal lawsuit against UMass Faculty Federation, the university president and state officials to defend his right to free speech and freedom of association.


U.S. Supreme Court Schedules Conference in Followup to Landmark Janus Case – The Center Square

In a major victory for First Amendment rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 27, 2018 in Janus v. AFSCME that non-union government workers cannot be required to pay union fees as a condition of working in public service. This landmark case restores the First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of association to


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