SAND: Janus Ruling Is a Win for Everyone

Workers Can Now Exercise Their Constitutionally-Guaranteed Freedom of Association

After 41 years, the Abood decision, which yoked teachers and other public employees to a union by forcing them to pay dues even if they didn’t want to belong, has been eradicated. With the Janus decision having passed muster in SCOTUS, no government worker will have to pay a union as a condition of employment.

Public employees are now free to experience a right that most Americans widely support – the right of workers to decide for themselves whether to join a labor union or not.

This is a win for everyone.

Workers will benefit because they can now exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of association. Public employees are now free to experience a right that most Americans widely support – the right of workers to decide for themselves whether to join a labor union or not. In 2014, a Gallup Poll found that 82 percent of Americans agreed that “no American should be required to join any private organization, like a labor union, against his will.”

Unions will benefit as they will not have any more grumbling dissenters to deal with. In some cases, they may have less money in their coffers, but they will be more unified now that they have only willing customers. And to keep those customers, union leaders will have to be responsive to their constituents’ interests, thereby creating more viable unions. As demonstrated by recent teacher strikes in several right-to-work states, educators and other workers will continue to be able join unions and successfully advocate collectively for various issues.

Larry Sand

Larry Sand is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network.

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