The Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, which is part of a multipronged attack on the freedoms of working people by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a front group funded by corporate billionaires, including the notorious Koch brothers.
On paper, the case was brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee, against his union, which empowers him and his co-workers to negotiate for higher wages and better benefits and is legally required to represent him if he is mistreated by his employer.
But in reality, Janus has been driven entirely by a dark web of corporations and wealthy donors who want to destroy unions and silence working people.
They already have begun to roll out a cynical, targeted and sophisticated campaign to convince union members to stop paying fair share fees.
America’s working people are on the rise, and the Supreme Court can’t stop us. We will continue to build power to win a new set of economic rules so all of us can get ahead.
Kitchen Table Economics
$80 million: In anticipation of a ruling from the Supreme Court that undermines working people, the billionaire Koch brothers and the owners of Walmart have dumped at least this much money into an outreach plan to persuade teachers and other public union members to stop paying fair share fees.