THE JANUS STAKES HOW A COMING SUPREME COURT RULING COULD AFFECT NEW YORK’S GOVERNMENT UNIONS
Supreme Court hears Janus arguments today
- This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case, where conservative billionaires and corporations are pushing their agenda to bankrupt unions and silence workers. AFT President Randi Weingarten, who helped write the AFT’s amicus brief in the case, is inside the chambers for the arguments, while big crowds of union members and are allies are rallying out front on the steps. In her most recent column appearing in theNew York Times, Weingarten writes that “the current ideological composition of the Supreme Court suggests that this one complaint could undercut the interests of millions of workers by depriving their unions of funds they need to function. That’s not an unintended consequence — it’s the entire point of these assaults on unions.” On Saturday, in cities across the country, thousands—including huge numbers of AFT leaders and members—rallied for workers’ rights as part of a national day of action.
- Billionaires battle to Erode Union Rights
Report looks at the conservative donors behind the case
- Yesterday’s New York Times included a detailed report that looks at what it calls the “web of conservative donors” behind the Janus case and how concerted and cohesive their efforts are. “It’s a mistake to look at the Januscase and earlier litigation as isolated episodes,” Columbia University professor Alexander Hertel-Fernandez tells the Times. “It’s part of a multipronged, multitiered strategy.”