CHICAGO (March 1, 2017) – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case challenging mandatory “fair share” union fees paid by government workers in Illinois.
The plaintiffs in this case are two employees of Illinois government who are represented by the Liberty Justice Center and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
Illinois law forces most employees of state government to pay money to a union as a condition of keeping their jobs. State employees aren’t forced to be full-fledged union members, but they are required to pay “fair share” fees to the union regardless of whether they want union representation.
This lawsuit seeks to end that practice on the grounds that these fees violate the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights.