Supreme Court Rules Public Sector Unions Cannot Compel Agency Fees

June 27, 2018

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case ruling that public sector employees cannot be required to pay an agency fee to a public sector union. However, the decision does not impact the rights of a public sector union to act as the exclusive bargaining representative of all employees in the bargaining unit OR the requirement for the union to fairly represent all employees in the bargaining unit. So public sector unions will still represent all bargaining unit members (whether or not they opt out of membership) and will still be required to represent unit members fairly regardless of their union membership.

We strongly urge that all public sector unions be in immediate contact with their labor counsel to begin taking steps to comply with the law.