Janus v. AFSCME: What’s next for teachers unions? | IN 60 SECONDS


Unions will take a major blow in the upcoming Janus vs. AFSCME case if the Supreme Court rules that agency fees are unconstitutional. Agency fees, which some states require non-union employees to pay unions for representation, have been a lynchpin of union membership. Take the NEA – America’s largest teachers union. The 22 states with agency fees are home to 69% of NEA members. Agency fees are pivotal because they change the cost of union membership. Take California: Teachers can pay a thousand dollars to join the union, or not join but still pay six hundred and fifty dollars in agency fees. With no fees, teachers choose to pay a thousand dollars or zero. As the cost of joining soars, union membership will fall. No one knows by how much, but since 2010, three states dropped agency fees and in them, the NEA shrank between 17% and 59%. A defeat in Janus will weaken America’s most powerful education interest groups. The long-term question is, “By how much?” For more on Janus, agency fees, and why they are so important for teachers union membership, check the links in the description below. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like our scholars to cover in 60 seconds. And be sure to like and subscribe for more research and videos from AEI.

18 Responses

  1. Alika Ostermiller says:

    ok great but how does this effect everything else?

  2. Jeff Liggett says:

    If people are leaving the unions they must not be very effective at what they are suppose to be doing otherwise people would want to join. perhaps if they whern't subsidized they would be incentivized to be more effective?

  3. Michael Constantine says:

    As a member of a union creating Family , I opose forced payment to any union. The smaller the union or the more dependent on participation the more it will aim for clear logical effects the more it will ad value to atrackt members. Market economy also goes for unions.

  4. Atax GFX says:

    I didn't sub to this account what the fuck?

  5. 1stGruhn says:

    The Unions that the US have can't die fast enough: they are monopolistic bureaucratic cesspits that cause the very damage they were instituted to stop. Its quite sad really as collective bargaining is a good idea: unions should permit the collective to bargain with them.

  6. r64g says:

    Public sector union should not even have a right to exist or do any kind of collective bargaining. There's a fundamental difference between public sector and private sector unions: *public sector employees do not work for private capital*. Unlike private capital which seeks maximum profit, public sector employees work for the taxpayers, who have no profit motives other than paying a fair price for the government service they themselves receive. Even FDR held this same opinion. It is hugely corrupt to have public sector union taking public finance hostage.

  7. Electoral 2020 says:

    Economic slavery to non Union teachers

  8. Matt Obermiller says:

    The sooner unions get kicked in the head and die, the better off the country will be. We need the threat of unions but they are now far worse than the evil they claim they are preventing. The "cure"is worse than the original sickness.

  9. Why So Serious says:

    Another effort to create cheap labor under the guise of this is being done in your best interest. Up next, allowing employees to keep their tips is a form of exploitation.

  10. Joseph Mantler says:

    Teacher's Unions are "Education Interest Groups"?

  11. Newjerseydevil950003 says:

    I pray this falls. Free speech should demand one not be forced to make payments to something they do not believe in.

  12. Austin Holloway says:

    I think this is a good thing for unions. They will need to present themselves as having value for your money so that people will pay for their services. Also, unions give millions of dollars to mostly Democrat political causes. Fine if you are a Democrat, but what if you are not? Your fees go to support political causes that you might not support. In election 2016, more than a third of union members supported Donald Trump. Clearly unions are not homogenous politically.

  13. dougarnold says:

    You lose your negotiation rights effectively eliminating the union and screwing employees over.

  14. michael krolikowsi says:

    In some states people are losing their homes due to school property taxes. He forgets to tell you this. Join if you wish but this should be up to the individual. Unions are not a governmental agency where fees are bound by legislation. Unions have been the downfall of business.

  15. Kevin Hays says:

    Unions are good and bad. Historically they have gotten workers basic rights. Recently, many unions take your money, tell you to shut up, and spend the dues in a very wasteful manner. Getting together as a group and bargaining for wages and working conditions should not cost me 1300 a year. You want to strike, give me a sign. You want 1300 a year and tell me to shut up, I'm out. Leverage in the bargaining process shouldn't cost money.

  16. Unstoppable Phoenix says:

    I never knew you had to pay to be a union member. I thought all teachers in all 50 states were represented for free. What do the fees pay for? Don't unions do nothing but bargain that should be free why pay for communication?

  17. Wally Kellett says:

    I will be so angry because I'm not forced to pay for something that I do not want.

  18. Athrough Z says:

    "Unions will take a major blow in the upcoming AFSCME case, if the supreme court rules fair share fees unconstitutional." Quite the contrary. My union has never been stronger. My own local only has 9 people who dropped out.

  19. Elena Gomez says:

    I am Republican and for 10 years I was forced to pay union fees to left-leaning union that supported Democratic legislation. I am so happy that the Democratic party no longer gets access to my paycheck in order to push their idiotic ideologies that I do not believe in. God Bless America. Opt-out.

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