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Illinois Worker in Supreme Court Union Case Joins Think Tank



    Illinois Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Union Fees

    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018)

    The Illinois worker behind the lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated fees paid by nonmembers of public employee unions is joining the group that oversaw his case.

    The Chicago Tribune reports that Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services employee Mark Janus is joining the Illinois Policy Institute and its Liberty Justice Center on Aug. 1 as a "senior fellow."

    "Every day, their staff is working to turn around the state of Illinois, and I am grateful for the opportunity to spend the remainder of my career doing something I believe in," said Janus. "I look forward to helping make a difference for workers in the state and across the U.S."

    Janus argued against a 41-year-old ruling that had allowed states to require public employees to pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers chose not to join. He said unions are political and employees shouldn't be forced to pay.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner Visits Washington DC

    Gov. Bruce Rauner Visits Washington DC

    Gov. Bruce Rauner headed to Washington D.C. this week. His trip included meeting with President Trump and visiting the U.S. Supreme Court to observe the hearing on an important union case. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Monday, Feb. 26, 2018)

    The Supreme Court overturned the decision in June.

    Government employees in Illinois and nearly two dozen other states can now choose not to pay for union efforts to bargain over wages, pensions, health care benefits and other services. The decision was a setback for organized labor nationwide, as well as a victory for Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    Janus will ensure workers understand their rights and what the win means as he tours the U.S., said Policy Institute CEO John Tillman.

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