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Defending Public-Sector Employees' Post-Janus Freedoms (Guest: Robert Alt)

September 13, 2018

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by Buckeye Institute president Robert Alt, talking about the new legal front in the war for public-sector employees' rights to free association.

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by Buckeye Institute president Robert Alt, talking about the new legal front in the war for public-sector employees' rights to free association.

Lawyers representing Jade Thompson, an Ohio government-school teacher are suing the local teacher’s union, claiming the organized-labor association is continuing to violate her First Amendment right to free association, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the free-speech rights of public-sector workers.

Alt says the Buckeye Institute is suing the Marietta City School District Board of Education, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, seeking an end to the unlawful scheme of withholding money from the paychecks of public employees to fund the speech and petitioning of a labor union, without their affirmative consent.

Buckeye is defending the rights of two other plaintiffs in related cases, and Alt says the fight for public workers’ freedom did not end with the Janus case in July, and constant vigilance is required to defend the liberty of everyone—public-sector workers, included.
 
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Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.
jhathaway@heartland.org @JesseinOH