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Workers Fighting for Freedom at the Supreme Court (Guest: Mark Mix)

February 5, 2018

The president of the National Right-To-Work Foundation previews what may be the most important Supreme Court case of 2018: Janus v. AFSCME, a case over whether government employees should be compelled to join labor unions to keep their jobs.

Heartland Institute Research Fellow and Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway talks with National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix about a federal court case that could free hundreds of thousands of government employees from mandatory union membership, and help reduce skyrocketing burdens on taxpayers.

The case, Janus v. AFSCME, went all the way from Illinois state courts to the Supreme Court of the United States. The court’s nine justices may answer questions similar cases, such as 2016’s Friedrichs case, failed to rule on.

Currently, government employees are compelled to pay money out of their own paychecks against their will, so that other people can speak on their behalf without their permission or wishes. Hathaway and Mix talk about what the Janus case will mean for public-sector employees at all levels of government, as well as the taxpayers funding their salaries.
Author
Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.
jhathaway@heartland.org @JesseinOH