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Janus Case a Victory for Workers’ First Amendment Rights

Wednesday, June 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Professional Educators of Tennessee
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Janus Case a Victory for Workers’ First Amendment Rights [View/Download PDF]


The US Supreme Court decision announced today, Janus v. American Federation of State, Country, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, reaffirms the First Amendment, especially people’s freedom of association. The ruling today eliminates compulsory unionism, which requires individuals to join a union as a condition of employment. It will influence the cycle where government unions collect compulsory fees from government workers and then use it to help elect pro-union politicians to achieve and maintain political power — who then empower and enrich the government employee unions.


Professional Educators of Tennessee, Executive Director JC Bowman added:


“No American worker should be forced to become or remain a union member. People should be free to join, or not join any organization or union they want, without losing their job or be forced to pay for political agendas with which they disagree based on political or ideological purposes. The Janus Decision will not create drastic structural changes to unions. It will simply make them more accountable to their own members. And in the case of teacher unions, this greater accountability should focus on making the quality of education front and center, help public education rebuild support from the public for issues like raising teacher pay and school funding, and work for the common good of all students and educators.”


To read about the Janus Case, click here: United States Supreme Court Decision.





JC Bowman is the Executive Director of Professional Educators of Tennessee, a non-partisan teacher association headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the association are properly cited. For more information on this subject or any education issue please contact Professional Educators of Tennessee. To schedule an interview please contact Audrey Shores, Director of Communications, at 1-800-471-4867 ext.102.

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