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Mark Janus files union dues petition with Supreme Court
District Court rules against Janus
Janus complaint filed with District Court
Unions prohibited from collecting fees from home health care workers
All state workers in Washington required to pay union fees
Timeline of the Janus Decision
The Supreme Court decision in Harris v. Quinn ruled that unions could not collect agency fees from home health care workers under state Medicaid programs. The reasoning: Home health care workers are not true government employees and fall outside the Supreme Court precedent allowing states to compel union membership by public employees.
All state workers in Washington and 22 other states are required to join unions or pay them agency fees as a condition of employment. Previously, those obligations had only applied, since the 1960s, to teachers and municipal employees.
Mark Janus, along with two other plaintiffs employed by the State of Illinois, files a complaint against the ASME Union and their employer with U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The complaint alleges their First Amendment rights are being violated by the collection of compulsory fees by their workplace union.
The District Court grants the defendants' motion for dismissal of the case because a similar case was decided in the favor of unions by the Supreme Court.
Janus' case has new life chiefly because it's based on the same free speech argument used by two other Supreme Court cases: Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association and Yohn v. CTA.
The Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in Janus v. AFSCME and affirms the First Amendment freedom of association and speech rights of Mark Janus and all public employees.
ends mandatory union dues
Washington Policy Center launches ongoing campaign to inform public employees of their First Amendment Janus right to opt-out of compulsory union membership and promotes the resource page optouttoday.com.